Many Logosol customers have taken a course with Markus Lindgren in Sidensjö, Sweden. Fresh Cut paid him a visit, and got to meet a bunch of enthusiastic participants. The participants’ driving force is to acquire skills to tackle a building project, everything from wind shelters to log houses.
When we arrive in Sidensjö, Markus Lindgren’s log house building course is in full swing. ”It gives you so much energy to see how the participants, in just a few days, have learnt everything they need to get started with their dream projects,” says Marcus. In the background, four concentrated participants are working on axing a notch for a corner joint.
”It is about realizing a dream, and about building something for youself. On day four, their self-confidence comes. Then they have had time to digest all information and we have repeated many steps,” says Markus. ”They can cut timber cants, produce usable construction timber, make corner joints and the grooves, and they also acquire knowledge about how to choose the right log. Then, we practice putting in windows, fitting dowels*, and so on. After this, thay are ready to build a log house, a sauna or wind shelter, for example.”
To saw the timber cants Markus uses an extended F2+ sawmill equipped with an electric saw. ”The chain sawmill from Logosol gives an excellent result. It is easy to set up and easy to handle, and you get perfect results every time. The sawn surface you get when using the F2+ always becomes nearly like a planed surface and always straight.
We take the opportunity to talk with one of the participants in the log house building course, Jörgen Gröhn, who is product manager within IT/Telecom. ”I found this course through a colleague who told me about a facebook group called Timmerhusgruppen (The Log House Group). I’m here with an open mind. I accept my lack of knowledge and am ready to learn about this amazing craftsmanship.
Jörgen tells us that he has a log house from the 1850s that needs to be renovated. ”I want to learn the basics to see what possibilities there are for the project.”
When the course day is over, we jump into Marcus’ car and bump up a steep forest road through snowy woodland. A deep pine forest is towering on both sides of the road. Along the road there are piles of large logs. ”We shall mark the logs for the next course. Handpicking logs is part of the luxury of cutting your own timber!