Cabin Life
My family pictured in front of our first log cabin in 1987.


Welcome to my web page, covering 30 years of building cabins. We lived in the Cascade foothills of the Pacific Northwest, in the hills behind Duvall, Washington. There we learned to live without electricity or indoor plumbing for 12 years. If you have ever thought of buying a piece of land and building a cabin, I hope the images on this web page provide some inspiration.

I pulled over the tree, stump and all for the building site. This saved me money on dozing time.
Peeling the logs is the hardest work of all.

It's best to buy land with trees suitable for log cabin building. This will save you money in the long run. In the Pacific Northwest, the tree that I have used most is the Douglas Fur. I found the most suitable size is a 12" tip down to a 16" butt. The longer the better. If you need to buy logs, once you go over a 12" tip, the price will start climbing fast. This does not mean you can't use smaller logs, it will just take more to get an 8 foot wall or more. The bigger the trees, the harder they are to handle.

Keep your logs off the ground and let them cure for a couple years. If you build with green logs you will have alot more shrinking problems.
Since it will take you a few years to build your log cabin, build a cheap little house to live in. If you keep it small, you will be cozy, if you're not living on your land you will never get your cabin done. We built the cabin on the left on our first piece of property, it was 12x12 and had 2 wood stoves so one was always ready to light. The cabin on the right was our second cabin on our new piece of property.The shakes on both cabins were split from cedar found on each property.
Kids are fast,and smart. I taught my kids to come to my front side so I could see them coming. All this log work is dangerous. Try to have an escape route in case something goes wrong.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures. Whenever I help people with building a cabin, the first thing I tell them is, "If you want a perfect house, you shouldn't build a log building". The most important thing is to use dry logs. I like little cabins, they're easy to heat and inexpensive to build. It's important to design your building so it's easy to add onto in the future.I don't spend much time on the computer. My son built this web page. E-mail me with your thoughts and I will do my best to get back to you.