Issue 12 T.O.C. – Dennis Carter – “The Dalarna Corner Notch”

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Dennis Carter – “The Dalarna Corner Notch”

The practice of building structures from horizontal logs can be traced back to ancient Scandinavia, where the work of felling, hewing, and cutting joinery with an axe became an art form. From this region of long winters and golden summer sunlight came a number of refined joinery techniques for creating a tight, warm, draft-free structure. Working with logs necessitates many considerations for wood movement, especially as freshly cut logs dry.

Author Dennis Carter, who built his off-grid homestead and hostel by hand, has been a student of Swedish log building for years. In Issue Twelve, he shares the details of a particular type of joinery that was developed in the Dalarna region of Sweden. Clean, attractive, and efficient, it can be executed with simple tools such as an axe and chisel. Carter delves into the history of log building in that area as well as offering a practical step-by-step look at making this joint in a log sauna he is currently constructing.  

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