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If you are checking out this site, you may be someone who is either considering having a log home built by a contractor, constructing a log building yourself or perhaps are just interested in how artisans go about planning and constructing this type of structure. The following will be of interest to you:


During his building career, Reid Finlayson has taught the art of log construction to prospective home builders through weekend and evening courses at community colleges and schools. In 1980 he wrote a book that he called "The Art of Log Home Building". This was an undertaking that was done along with his building activity and was several years in preparation.

Since then, due to  other commitments, the book outline has sat in a closet in his home and this "hands on" step by step document has been unavailable to those interested in the subject.

With the advent of computers, the Internet and electronic publishing, it was now feasible to offer this book directly to interested people in electronic form on a CD.  We have converted the manuscript  to "Adobe Acrobat" form which makes it available to anyone with a computer. Adobe has made their Reader available to anyone at no charge and can be downloaded from their Internet site.

The printed version of Reids' book has now been published and is available from this site . Every page is illustrated with pictures and/or drawings and is spiral bound for convenience in use as a work copy.  The book has been revised to update some information but it will still remain as the knowledgeable, homespun and friendly guide to building your own log home. The book has been priced to be affordable to everyone


Here are a few sample pages from Reids' book:  Click to view.

Cover Page       About the Author         Peeling Logs      Cutting Notches

Window & Door Cutouts              Cutting Archway & Ends         

Trimming Gables     House Setup 


- Purchase the Book, or the CD version of the book or the DVD and receive a
   free copy of Reids' 4 part video "Layout and Scribing" as seen on YouTube            


Video on DVD

Reid has also produced a full color and sound video  at his building site in Penticton, British Columbia. The video. "Log Home Construction", documents the construction of a log home for an owner in the Okanagan Valley and shows the building stages, from raw logs to the completed home at the owners site.  It also includes footage of other completed log homes built by Reid and his crew.

The Video is now for sale and is  a helpful addition to the book by further illustrating some of the unique building techniques used in constructing log structures.

Reid Finlayson is not responsible for any injuries or damages incurred by individuals using the building methods described and/or illustrated in these books or videos

How to Purchase

 Using a Credit Card or PayPal Account

   The Art of Log Home Building  [Printed Book] ---- 29.95 USD plus 9.95 S&H


      The Art of Log Home Building  [E Book on CD] ---- 21.95 USD plus 4.95 S&H



Log Home Construction  [DVD ] -----  19.95 USD Plus 4.95 S&H











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