The Classic
Hewn-Log House

A Step-by-Step Guide to Building & Restoring
by Charles McRaven

215 x 275mm

Published by Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA, USA


ISBN 1-58017-592-2

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Extract from back cover of book:

Meet the Original Log Cabin

The Hewn-log House is a classic of early American architecture, evocative of the pioneer experience and westward exploration. Charles McRaven has been building and restoring hewn-log houses for 60 years, and shares his wealth of knowledge in folksy narration accompanied by photography and illustrations that clearly show every step of the process. Whether you're restoring an old house, building anew, or indulging an interest in traditional building, you'll find much to learn from McRaven's experience, gleaned from a lifetime of trial and error.

Learn to:
- Hew a log with a broadaxe
- Make a dovetail notch
- Replace rotten logs
- Mix chinking mortar and install it properly
- Find and use vintage logs
- Use pioneer hand tools
- Build a stone foundation and fireplace
- Install modern utilities

Note: Some American building methods may not be compatible with Australian Standards.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial


Introduction: Hewn Logs and Houses

Chapter 1 - The American House

Chapter 2 - Pioneer Building

Chapter 3 - Restoration

Chapter 4 - Land and Site

Chapter 5 - Design

Chapter 6 - Acquiring Materials

Chapter 7 - Foundations and Basements

Chapter 8 - Hewing, Notching, Log Raising

Chapter 9 - Roofing

A Gallery of Hewn-Log Houses

Chapter 10 - Windows and Doors

Chapter 11 - Chinking

Chapter 12 - Floors and Stairs

Chapter 13 - Stone Fireplaces

Chapter 14 - Porches and Additions

Chapter 15 - Lofts, Utilities, Finishing Interiors

Additional Reading