Log Cabin Construction

  • Presented By: The Folk School
  • Dates: February 27, 2020 - March 11, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: The Folk School
  • Address: 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701
  • Phone: (907) 457-1219
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Instructor: Sandy Jamieson

Dates of the class: February 27 – March 11, 2020
Depending on weather conditions and experience level of students, there could be a few days off within this window, but plan for the whole 14 days, as the days off cannot be planned too far in advance.

Time of the class: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day

Location: The Folk School - Pioneer Park

The Folk School is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to build a new public use cabin on a hill overlooking the South Fork of the Chena River near Nugget Creek. DNR is placing this new cabin at the end of the new all-season Mastodon Trail, near the existing Nugget Creek Cabin, which is getting to be beyond repair.

In this class, students will be working with local, well-known log building instructor, Sandy Jamieson, to build a small traditional log cabin from start to finish. After the class the cabin will be disassembled, moved out to the new cabin site, and reassembled in March 2020. This class will cover not only all aspects of building a log cabin, but also the work and strategies involved in pre-assembly, transport, and reassembly of a small building at a remote site.

The cabin will be built at Pioneer Park during the class dates. It is planned that some work will be completed during the fall of 2019, such as peeling and coating the logs and building a floor platform. Dates for this work are to be determined, depending on delivery of logs and other supplies. Interested students who are registered for the class are welcome to participate in this preliminary work at no additional cost.

Click here to view the cabin blueprints.

Students are encouraged to participate in the reassembly of the cabin, planned for March 2020, but this is optional. Anyone who is interested in joining for this portion will need to provide their own transportation (ski, snowshoe, fatbiking, or snow machine) to the building site, and will have to be prepared for winter camping conditions. This will take place shortly after the building of the cabin – exact dates to be determined, and is expected to take 5 days, but will depend greatly on weather and the number of folks working on the cabin. DNR will provide logistical support for everyone participating in this phase, including hauling gear, food prep, and whatever else is needed so that students can focus on the cabin-building work.

Note: Students must bring their own chainsaw, eye and ear protection, gloves, and a hardhat.

Nugget Creek Cabin
Existing Nugget Creek Cabin

Contact Program Director, Kerri Hamos, at kerri@folk.school or 907-457-1219 with any questions before signing up for this class.

Registration closes on September 15, 2019.

Log Cabin Construction