Log Home Building Course 2015
(Course dates: 19 January 2015 – 05 February 2015)
The course overall was excellent. Graeme Mould is an outstanding tutor with a wealth of knowledge about Log Home Building. We got to know Graeme as a very relaxed, knowledgeable man and learned that he has more than 20 years Log Home building experience. The Log Home Building Course was very well structured with a good mix of practical experience and teaching time.
We started the course with a introduction to the concept of Natural Log Home Building and a comprehensive tour of the Natural Log Home Building Yard. I note that it was a real advantage right from the beginning that the course was conducted on Graeme’s “Natural Log Home Business Premises”. Graeme had put aside an area for us students in the yard, but at any time we were able to watch the “real Log Builders” (his team) on the job. During the course we also had the opportunity to work with the Log Builders. Our “classroom time” was either spent in a cozy Log Home Cabin on site or in front of the white board in the Yard.
During the first few days we learned all about importance of Log selection, design concepts, peeling of the logs and the safe operation of tools such as chainsaws, chisels and sanders. Graeme has a very good way of teaching the skills that he has perfected over his career of more than 20 years of Log Building. He managed to explain and pass on the skills to us; some of us had some woodworking or building experience, others had none.
After a couple of days we were scribing logs, cutting notches and saddles, as well as the V and W cuts. For the first few days we were using test logs which was great, as the pressure of making a mistake wasn’t there. Graeme told us there are no mistakes: there are only “learning curves”.
Apart from all the necessary cuts on a Log, we also learned about setting out a building, cutting doorways, sills and window openings. We learned about the different options of Roof constructions with or without Log work.
One day of the course we went to an assembly of a rather large Log Home on a nearby Dairy Farm. We were amazed to learn that it only takes a few days to re assemble a Log Home that was constructed in the Yard of Natural Log Homes.
Towards the end of the course Graeme took us and our Partners on a tour of approximately 15 Log Homes in the area. This was a very enjoyable day as well as an eye opening experience. We saw a lot of different finishes and designs, especially the introduction of Stone work or conventional Gib Walls and ceilings were amazing to see. Without exceptions, all owners of the Log Homes were very happy with their homes built by Natural Log Homes and proud to invite us in.
I cannot stress enough how valuable it was, that the course was on the Premises of Natural Log Homes. We greatly benefitted seeing several homes being built on site at the same time as our course.
It built my confidence in using all the necessary tools and strengthened my belief that Log Home Building is a worthwhile pursuit. I found the course incredibly informative and useful for gaining new skills.
I admired Graeme’s feedback during the course; it was the perfect mix of praise and challenge. He inspired me to try better at each step of the Log Home Building process. I now have more confidence in using Power tools. With Graeme’s guidance and support, I can visualize my dream of one day building my own Log Home, becoming reality.
I can’t express my gratitude enough to Graeme from Natural Log Homes for his seamlessly never ending energy and patience during the course. I can highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in Log Homes.
Sigi Herbst, Christchurch.