The ILBA Newsletter: Log Building News

Published quarterly, this is one of our principal outlets of up-to-date information about log construction. Recent articles have addressed business philosophies, several aspects of engineering, the fire resistance of logs and innovations in joinery. The timely technical information in the Log Building News is essential to remaining current in your Trade.

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  • Effective Practices and Methods for Handcrafted Log Home Construction-DIGITAL COPY


    This document describes methods, practices, materials, and techniques for building handcrafted log homes that are made from logs that largely retain their individual and natural shapes. Construction methods include: walls constructed of horizontally-laid logs, with interlocking overlapping notched corners, and with full-scribe-fit long grooves.

    “Effective” practices and methods are defined as having proven themselves over time for large numbers of experienced and skilled log home builders. In preparing this publication, the International Log Builders Association (ILBA) has relied upon the experience of the hundreds of ILBA Members, who are log home builders, designers, and engineers. The Effective Practices & Methods (EP&M) provides reliable advice to help you make informed decisions.

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  • Log Builder Interview Form


    This form is designed to help both builders and workers have more productive job interviews.

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  • Log Shell Contract – Canada


    Contains a set of Word documents for creating a Log Shell contract.

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  • Log Shell Contract – United States


    Contains a set of Word documents for creating a Log Shell contract.

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More Publications available. please contact the ILBA office or 705-619-4522 for more details

Effective Practices & Methods – Softcover

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Log Span Tables for Floor Joists, Beams and Roof Support Systems. Softcover

19.95 + Shipping

A Boy’s Big Book of Jigs

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