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Do You Want to Live In or Build a Log House?

First find out what you need to know about building and maintaining a timber-frame building.

Workshop Purpose

Log and timber-frame buildings offer the opportunity to live in a unique and uniquely beautiful home. However, these special structures have special construction and maintenance issues that you should be familiar with before you move in.

This one-day workshop will provide objective information to log home owners, builders and caretakers on the important issues related to the construction and durability of wooden houses. The setting will be informal and will assume no prior knowledge of wood or wood construction.

Topics covered

•  Why Build with Logs?
•  History of log structures
•  Advantages of heavy timber construction
•  Fundamentals of wood properties, including
•  Species differences
•  Shrinkage and checking
•  Log construction
•  Log & Joinery types
•  The design process
•  Differences from “normal” building methods
•  Durability and maintenance issues
•  Why wood rots
•  Designing for durability
•  Finishing you log home
•  Protecting your investment against insects and fungi

Who Should Attend

People who own, or are considering buying, a log or timber frame house. Manufacturers, builders, contractors and maintenance personnel who work with heavy timber constructions are also welcome.


Dick Bennett is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee . Dr. Bennett specializes in the structural safety and reliability of heavy timber wooden construction.

Steve Quarles is a wood durability advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension. Dr. Quarles is responsible for the development and implementation of the outreach and applied research program on durability issues related to the in-service performance of wood and and wood-framed structures.

Adam Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee . Dr. Taylor's area of expertise is in wood deterioration and protection.

Date, Location and Cost

The Workshop for Log Home Owners and Builders will be held in east Tennessee on Tuesday, September 27, 2005. Registration will begin at 8:00 am, with the workshop commencing at 9:00. The workshop will conclude by 5:00 pm.

A registration fee of $50 is required in advance or at the door. Lunch, refreshments and supplies will be provided.

Please contact Adam Taylor for more information

Tennessee is a center of log home manufacture and use

For more information, contact
Adam M. Taylor
Tennessee Forest Products Center
2506 Jacob Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Phone: 865-946-1125
Fax: 865-946-1109

Adam Taylor's email