Log Construction Manual
Simply the best how-to book about handcrafted, scribe-fit log building.
Here's what others are saying :
book! After reading your book I must say I have not read a
log home book that comes
even close to having the technical details your book offers, and believe me I've read a bunch."
In one book Chambers casts light into some of the darkest corners
of log building. Buy it. Read it."
Review by Bill Olsen in Log Building News
new book is an indispensible guide for those who are going
to build a log home . . .
by perhaps the leading log building instructor in North America."
Review in Log Home Living Magazine
are serious about building your own handcrafted log home, read
this detailed, well-illustrated book . . . . By far the most
comprehensive treatment on settling and ways to accommodate it
is found in Robert Chambers Log Construction Manual." Dan
Chiras, The Natural House
What's in this book for you:
|Professional Log Builders appreciate my book:|
"I've been a professional log builder for 20 years and this is the only book that I recommend without hesitation as a text to our apprentices. Mr. Chambers has distilled a lifetime of building and teaching into one masterful volume."
"The information in your book helped me considerably in the construction of a pavillion with hips and valleys. Your formulas for backing angles were a Godsend. It turned out really nice and the client was very happy and I was, too."
"I have your book and have found it the most informative & helpful publication that I own."
"The instructions on cutting the corner notches have helped a great deal. That is the best way I have seen to cut notches."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed your log building book . . . it is a valuable resource."
"After much reading and research I have adopted your book as the text for my LOGS class. I believe in your methods and your teaching."
|"When a new person enters the field, the learning curve is steep! Your book has provided me with a great foundation -- I tip my hat to you for producing such an easy-reading, de-mystifying book! Your book is thorough and it is excellent!"
Earl Laverty, Kitchener, Ontario
were allowed to have only one book on logbuilding this would be
the one I'd keep. It is without a doubt the best written instruction
guide I have found. Robert Chambers is one of those guys who seems
to be able to explain complicated tasks in a very plain english
kind of way. This makes it very easy for somebody like myself
with no experience in logbuilding to be able to step outside and
try some of the techniques on practice logs. He covers the very
simple to the very complex and if you take your time and read
it carefully you will understand both. If you are hiring someone
to build your home this is still an excellent book for you. It
educates the reader on where and how to look for good craftsmanship
in a log building. I have read enough material on this subject
to honestly say that all the others have left me with the question
mark over my head. Good Luck and God Bless....."
Mike Mongan, Wisconsin
fruitlessly for a competent text on log building construction,
I had nearly given up. By chance, I stumbled upon "Log Construction
Manual" by Robert Wood Chambers at Amazon. I made the purchase,
read the information and felt compelled to write a review.
Chambers takes the complex craft of fully scribed log construction and explains through diagrams, photos, techniques, and formulas how to successfully construct a log building. Truly a comprehensive textbook, a must for anyone planning to build a log home or cabin. Also included in this book is a chapter on log building tools, some conventional, some unique to log construction, and places to purchase tools; resources, such as book and magazine reviews, log building schools and workshops, design and engineering contacts. A big "thank you" to Mr. Chambers"
Dave Corle, Sr., Pennsylvania
book. I can't stop reading it."
Scott Utzman, Georgia
no other book that I have seen with your details, even down to
the smallest thing like what chainsaw chain to buy. Thanks for
saving me a LOT of time. I am over half way through your book
and I love it. Really clear, and I haven't had to read
sections over and over to get it, unlike other log home books
"I am so
thankful and excited that I found the Log Construction Manual.
I have many other books on the same subject and have always wanted
to learn the craft by self study, but I have not been impressed
with any book until now. Robert Chambers is perhaps the world's
best, a master, of full- scribe log construction to date! It is
refreshing to read something that broke through the old ways of
log building that have been used and practised for a hundred years.
Mr. Chambers is an inspiration and I feel so confident from learning from his book that I will now build the best log cabin I could have ever hoped for.
Thank you so much, Robert. I will be forever grateful that you shared your wisdom and great knowledge through your book, it is a treasure!"
Kelly Beaulieu, British Columbia, Canada
"I have read
many log home do-it-yourself books. HOWEVER ! ! ! Just yesterday
I downloaded a chapter from your book and your information hit
me like a ton of bricks. I am ordering your complete book, and
I can't wait to get it. Thank you for writing in a way that anyone
book! After reading your book I must say I have not read a
log home book that comes even close to having the technical details
your book offers, and believe me I've read a bunch."
have been in big log building trouble without it."
Tom Dart, Chicago
"I am half
way through reading it and it's a fabulous book. It's exactly
what I was looking for. Again I would like to thank you for
sending me such a great book. I will definitely keep in touch
with you in the future."
Richard Forgiel, Ottawa, Canada
your book last Friday and pretty much spent the rest of the weekend
in it. I'm impressed with both the level of information and your
writing skills and sense of humor. Very well done. Thanks again
for the prompt delivery and a great product."
Neal Zeller, Arizona
so much for the book. I am very impressed with how you explain
everything, and your attention to detail. Thank you for all
the valuable information."
"For starters your book is awesome!"
"Your book is great!"
"I just got your book and I am amazed at how good it is."
"I am still enjoying your book (I have read it about 3 times through now) and I'm still so thankful you write it."
"I have recently purchased my second copy of your book . . . and I am thoroughly impressed by the accurate information and resources that you have put in it. The pictures, drawings, and descriptions are very helpful. It's the best book that I've ever studied on this subject"
"I have just bought your book and have been reading. It is fantastic, lots of tricks and hints. I am an experienced roof builder."
"I am building a log home (my first ever) using your construction manual as my guideline."
"I have already read your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It taught me just about everything I know!"
"I read your book in preparation to build a log home up in the mountains. Great book!"
"I would like say 'great job' on your log construction manual, it is a very informative book and should be a text book for all log building schools. I am hoping to get started on my log house this spring, without the Log Construction Manual I would not be building a log house."
"I bought your book for my son to read while he was in Iraq. He plans on building his own log home when he gets out of the Army. Johnny said that your book was the best one he has read yet. He has read a lot of books on the subject of log building."
Cheryl K. Theiler
"First of all ,thank you very much for writing such a great book."
Jerome Bailly, France
"I must say that your book is the one and only concerning this subject. The details, the things you just need to know, everything is there. So Thank You. Your book should be translated to Swedish."
Erik Holmgren, Sweden
"I have your book Log Construction Manual it is a fantastic book with all the information to build your own home."
"I bought your Log Construction Manual and it has become my bible for the small cabin project I'm doing. It's a great book!"
"I went to Mackie school in the late 70s and find myself building a log house 25 years later. I recently purchased you book and have found it to be the best instructional manual I have seen and I think I have them all. "
"I have enjoyed reading your book (I just finished the 3rd reading) and it has really helped me to prepare for building my own home. "
"I have already built one small log home myself, using your book."
"Thanks again for taking the time to respond with your advice. Your book has been bedtime reading material for me for a couple years now. I’ve read it over and over. It is by far the most complete and informative resource for any person wanting to build their own log home."
"I have really enjoyed your Log Construction Manual."
"I have read, and re-read your book many times. It is very good. Thanks for writing such a special book, and bring my attention to so many pitfalls in this process!"
"I recently read your book Log Construction Manual and I was impressed to say the least."
About Robert W. Chambers
I have been building handcrafted log homes since 1983, and teaching since 1986. I have been the principal instructor for Rocky Mountain Workshops (Colorado) and for the Pinetop School of Log Building (Arizona) and have taught in Australia, Latvia, New Zealand, Russia, Alaska, Romania, Finland, and Canada. I graduated from the Mackie School of Log Building (British Columbia) in 1983 and have been teaching, consulting, and building since then.
I have taught workshops in Wisconsin, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, South Dakota, North Carolina, Minnesota, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. Most of my hundreds of students have built for themselves, and many are professional log home builders.
Articles about Robert Chambers have appeared in many magazines: The Natural House, Fine Homebuilding (#34), House and Home, Mother Earth News, Log Building News, Joiner's Quarterly, Bob Vila's American Home, Wisconsin Trails, Gentleman's Quarterly (GQ), Building Systems Magazine, and more.
All pages, photos, text, and drawings © Robert W. Chambers 2019