Log Building Course

This summer we are holding our fourth course:

  • June 10-22, 2013
  • Location Pinefalls, Manitoba
  • Registration deadline June 11, 2013

About the Course

Frontiers Foundation of Manitoba is offering an intensive 12 day hands-on scribed log building course. The course will be taught by Walter Keller, a master log construction trainer, carver and forester with over 20 years of experience in log construction in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. He founded the first commercial log building company in Switzerland and published a 70-page manual which serves as the text for the course.

The course participants will construct a small log building from the ground up, providing an opportunity to learn all phases of the log construction process, including the following elements:

  • Building using the Scandinavian full scribe method
  • Handcrafting and fitting the long ridgepole
  • Preparing and installing roof rafters out of round timber
  • Cutting and preparing openings for doors and windows
  • Mounting doors, windows, and ensuring settling space

This 12-day practical learning experience is physically demanding and requires the participants’ full attention and ability to work hard and cooperatively on a construction team. Students are expected to attend the full course and follow directions of instructor and host. In order to achieve the course objectives within the time frame, participants must be able to use a chain saw and must have at least a working knowledge of hand tools and/or the handling of logs.

Upon successful completion of the course the participants will have the ability to construct a small log building on their own with the help of unskilled workers. Graduates of this course have built their own homes, usually with further training or guidance of an experienced log builder.

Students are required to bring the following:

  • Steel toed safety boots and work gloves and hard hat
  • Carpenters tool belt, with tape measure and hammer
  • Chain saw (fly out communities’ contact us please.)

All other equipment will be available for student use on site.

Please Note: Accommodations are available in Pine Falls the Papertown Motor Hotel, Phone: 204-367-2261, $100.00 per day includes room, meals and taxes. When calling state you are with the Frontiers Foundation group. There is also a un-serviced campground in Pinefalls for those with camper trailers cost $20 or tents $15 per day.

Insurance: Frontiers Foundation provides extended medical coverage for the duration of the course. Dangers associated with log construction include potential for falls from ladders, being struck by logs or cuts from saws, chisels, etc. It is important for student to heed all safety instructions and use personal protective equipment.

Cost of the course is $1500 per student and will include:

  • From the ground up instruction
  • Course manual
  • Extended medical coverage
  • Accommodations, Breakfast, Lunch and Supper is extra $1200.00 per participant @ Papertown

Those who want to stay in Pine Falls please call us to discuss the extra invoicing for accommodations and meals.

Before registering, please call Brian Monkman, Log Building Co-Instructor and Co-Host,
at (204) 276-2474 or Cell (204) 391-1860 or
Laurel Gardiner or Kathy Frisk at (204) 221-5209.

Please make cheques or money orders payable to:
209-72 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1L7

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