Monday, September 27, 2010

Little Cabin building Seminar

I've had the pleasure of working with a number readers of this blog on their own projects via email and phone calls.  I'm discovering a few areas in the construction process that seem to universally trip up those building for the first time.  A suggestion was made that I do a seminar - supposing there would be enough interest, to demonstrate some of the more advanced techniques.

We're in the early stages but the plan is to find a little house project and work with the owner/builder with the attendees present and chipping in where possible. Ideally it would be in an area convenient to the most participants, good access, nearby lodging/camping, be small enough to be completed in 2-3 days.

Topics we are considering covering
-Tools for remote building and their safe use
-Post and Pier foundations
-Framing Layout and assembly techniques
-Roof framing (this is where most stumble)
-Door and Window installation

If you have a project that you would like some free skilled and apprentice help with send me a note and we'll explore the possibility. 


  1. As one of the lucky beneficiaries of Mo's advice I can testify that he really knows his stuff. His craftsmanship is obvious from his blogs' text and pics. What may not be obvious is his ability to translate technical concepts into language that a novice can understand. Plus he knows how to custom tailor his advice to the ability (or lack of) of the user. The bear camp is about 70% done and is starting to look like a cabin should. Without Mo's construction input I probably would have had it resembling something more like a tarpaper lean-to. And he's a good-guy to boot. Thanks Mo, appreciate all your help

  2. I want to build a cabin, just for the weekends (until I retire). What would you suggest that would have decent kitchen storage, a small sleeping area, space for a computer writing desk, small TV and no loft (I'm REALLY claustraphoic). For one person and a dog and enough water for showers.

    If you want to drop me your email in a comment, I wont' publish and I'll write you so we can chat.

  3. Curt,
    Thanks very much for the feedback! It has been a pleasure working with you. I much appreciate your updates.

    You can contact me at

    Sounds easy enough. Things to consider:
    -location - access, available materials and labor, climate.
    -Codes for habitable space in that area
    -Style, exterior elements, must haves, like to haves etc.
    -Limitations, who will be doing the work, budget, time, etc.