Here's how to build a log shelter. This project was a re-reconstruction of a building originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1940's.
We used locally harvested Sitka spruce logs purchased from a local mill. The fireplace was made of local stone but since that was contracted out this will primarily cover how the log structure was built.
Most of this Instructable will focus on the technique used to cut and build the roof trusses. Ample resources are available on log construction. Putting on a roof is also well documented. But we had a hard time with some of the roof truss planning so came up with a few tricks to pass on...
Step 1: Prior shelter condition
Here's why we decided to rebuild the shelter. Unfortunately, the roof on the log structure wasn't large enough. In our temperate rainforest, the 100 or so inches of precipitation a year quickly caused the exposed logs to rot. So we knew we needed a larger roof.
Also, the logs on the inside, next to the fireplace, were being ignited when large fires were built. Some of the original stonework had begun to fail so we knew we needed to rebuild the fireplace and build it so that the logs would be less exposed.
Finally, we got some grant money to do it!