Our Log House (and the Dome)
-- Part I --

Pertaining to the Dome and the preparation of logs for building.

NOTE: this page contains a lot of graphics.
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The Dome (cabin)

1. When we bought the 110 acres in New Brunswick, there already was a cabin on it in the shape of a geodesic dome, built by a German artist/author. It is two stories high with a trapdoor at the top of the roof. Originally it was insulated, but vandals & hunters destroyed a lot of the inside before we bought it.
The dome sits on a number of wooden stumps and concrete blocks. This land used to be farmland - way back when.

Reshingling the Dome (You can see how it's made here)

2. Here we are reshingling the dome. That's my Dad and brother, Oliver, in the photo. You can get an idea of the dimensions from this.

3. Here is a view of the completed Dome. (Missing!!) NO IMAGE YET

Log Garage. 

(Nice moire pattern on roof)

4. Summers of 1988 - 1991
Before building a house, it is wise to practice on a smaller structure to learn the correct techniques and see what pitfalls there may be. Dad built a garage. Over the next year or so, the logs settled and shrunk a bit.
The picture below was taken in 1995. You can see the rigging for the main house being constructed in the background.

Another garage picture (what is Dad doing?)

Foundations - reinforced concrete on bedrock

5. Summer of 1992 or before
Here are the foundations for the log house. You can also see the garage and the Dome in the background.

Overview of foundations

6. Summer of 1992 or before
Another foundation shot -- showing the size of the house. (Well, you still can't see the far right corner; and there will be a car port on the centre left.) The concrete foundations are under each wall as well as in the middle of each room. The middle concrete strip is to support a log that will in turn support the floor. All of the concrete foundations have iron rods sticking up out of them that the lowest layer of logs sits on. (The bottom layer of logs is more like half logs).

Massey 65 Tractor

7. After the logs have been cut down and left to dry for 6 months or so in the forest, the limbs are cut off and they are dragged out by our old tractor along trails that we made. [Massey Ferguson, 1965, 52 power-take-off horse-power]

Glenn taking a break after peeling logs.

8. Summer 1995 or 1996
The logs all have to be peeled of course. If they lie there too long, some sort of borer beetle goes under the bark and starts to destroy the log.

Using draw knives to peel logs

9. Summer 1995
Karen and Joshua are demonstrating how to use draw knives. (Note the ring around the end of the tree that my Dad made to kill it 6 months before felling it.)

Hill of peeled logs

10. Summer 1995
I am using a "debarking spud". This works well as long as the bark is still somewhat green (at least for spruce trees). If the bark is too dry it breaks off in small chunks, not metre longs strips.

Liz & kids peeling logs

11. Summer 1995 or 1996
Here cousin Andrew is giving a ride to Karen in the 'bark-barrow' while Liz continues peeling bark off logs!

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Created on: 26 Dec 1997
Modified on: 21 July 1998