The Craft of Modular Post & Beam; Building Log & Timber Homes Affordably
Mitchell, James The Craft of Modular Post & Beam; Building Log & Timber Homes Affordably Vancouver, BC: Hartley & Marks Publishing 1997
Date: December 24, 2003
WOW!!! Great book!! If you plan to build or contract a log cabin, this is a MUST READ. At worst, you will be familiar with the steps taken to build your new home. At best you can build it yourself with a little know how.
James Mitchell, a cabinet maker by trade, has developed his skills to build post and beam homes and even started a school to teach these methods (Island School of Building Arts). The procedures he shares for that purpose are well detailed and illustrated throughout the book. I have a little building experience, and I understood almost all that he said. Anything I didn't quite understand, I gathered in the second reading.
My situation is that we will be removing a lot of great lumber trees and I want to use them as much as possible in the construction of the underground houses. Mr. Mitchells instructions have left me WELL prepared for that task and I am looking forward to getting started on this.
I have experience helping my father and brother cut firewood for winter heating in up state New York. I have also helped in a log mill and other areas related to this work. This book was a MUST READ for me to finalize many of the details I needed to clear the land and use as much of the wood it produces for building. What ever is left will be used for suplemental heating when I am complete.
Great book. Very informative. Valuable even for a glance through and invaluable as a step by step guide to what needs to be done to turn standing trees into a home. Thank you James Mitchell.
The Dream Home
This is a great, well written book that will educate no matter what your level of building expertise. James Mitchell has some great ideas on building that more people should be aware of. I plan on visiting his school in British Columbia and I will be building a post and beam style some day. Probably a plan referenced in this book.
An excellent book on post and beam log construction
This book may well be the "bible" of post and beam log construction. Covers in excellent detail basic to advanced post and beam design and construction. From house design, foundations, floors, walls, doors and windows, and an extensive chapter on roof design and construction. Explains log hewing with a broad axe and the use of other log shaping tools. Covers log joinery in detail. Includes hundreds of illustrations, a portfolio of color pictures of post and beam joinery, 6 appendixes, Glossary, and Bibliography.
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