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Learn To Build With Logs

Log Building 101

Are you thinking about building your own handcrafted log home or log cabin? Fancy a career change? Or just want to try something different?
Log building requires a completely unique set of skills from selecting the logs and stripping off the bark, to scribing and cutting them out accurately and efficiently.
At BLC we want to share our skills and knowledge to help expand our industry in the UK. We want to bring handcrafted log construction into the public eye, and help it to become a more mainstream building method.
The materials that we use are sustainable and the structures we build are solid, stunningly beautiful, and last for hundreds of years. Log building is great fun whether you want to learn the skills to use in your own project of whether you want to make a career out of it.
In 2021 we are running another log building course covering the basics of log construction. Once you have completed the two-week course you will have the knowledge and basic skills to be able to build a simple four sided log structure with a post and purlin roof system.

Log Building Course Info

This year's course is now fully booked. Register your interest for next year's course below.


  • Log selection

  • Log stripping

  • The principles of building from log centres

  • Cutting your half logs

  • Rough scribing and scribing

  • The Scandinavian Saddle Notch theory and practice

  • Chainsaw techniques

  • Axe techniques

  • Cutting out (Chainsaw)

  • Cutting out (Axe and hand tools)

  • Cutting and preparing saddles

  • Post and purlin roof calculations

  • Post and purlin roof cutting


  • Chainsaw ticket (CS30 - maintenance and cross-cut minimum)

  • Your own chainsaw appropriate PPE

  • Passion to learn new skills

  • A reasonable level of physical fitness

  • Signing a liability waiver

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£2,000 + vat

2021 price


  • 10 days instruction

  • Exclusive written course booklet

  • Professional Log Builders to teach and supervise the course

  • Logs for practicing select skills and for the construction of the course cabin

  • All tools and fuel

  • Certificate of completion

Please note

Log building is an inherently dangerous practice and all participants on the course will be required to sign a waiver before being allowed to take part.

A non-refundable £1000 deposit is required to secure your place on the course with the balance due 4 weeks prior to the course start date. Due to high demand places will be reserved on a first come first served basis.
The course will take place at our yard in Welshpool (your own transport will be required as our site is remote).
Accommodation is not provided but there are hotels, B&Bs and campsites within the local area.



Should we fail to reach the minimum number of participants required and the course is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund of your deposit.

If you decide to withdraw from the course for any reason the deposit may be transferred to a subsequent course or to another participant but unfortunately cannot be refunded.

Register your interest for our 2022 course

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