Ron Brodigan

Introduction to Log Building

During this one-day session, log building expert Ron Brodigan will give you an overview of the log building process by touring the log structures of the Great Lakes School of Log Building (site of the class), which demonstrate the use of various woods and techniques. Ron will introduce the many hand and power tools used for carving the logs with demonstrations of techniques for cutting notches and flattening logs. You will learn about the characteristics of the half-dozen species of local trees utilized in building. And, of critical importance, Ron will talk about safety gear and safe practices in this trade, as well as balanced safety with effectiveness as it pertains to coatings and preservatives commonly used on wood.

Students will need to bring a bag lunch.

About the Instructor: Ron Brodigan, graduate and former guest instructor at the former Allan Mackie Log Building School in British Columbia, has been operating the Great Lakes School of Log Building, south of Ely on Sand Lake, for over 40 years. He was also president of the International Log Builders Association for several years, and has authored articles in their quarterly journal, Log Building News. Ron also has a deep interest in the history of log work, visiting Norway last year to observe, among other things, medieval log structures at several folk museums.

With Ron Brodigan
Thursday, June 1,  9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
At Great Lakes School of Log Building
Lake Co. Rd. 2, Five miles south of Hwy. 1.
Tuition: $80

Min: 5  Max: 15

  • June 1, 2017
    9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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