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Thu, May 25


Big Eddy lodge

Log Cabin Course

Planning on building? Learn with us about off-grid log cabin construction and the "Norwegian" Notch all located at our wilderness Lodge.

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Log Cabin Course
Log Cabin Course

Time & Location

May 25, 2023, 4:00 p.m. – May 29, 2023, 10:00 a.m.

Big Eddy lodge, Box 304, Cumberland House, SK S0E 0S0, Canada


About the event

Log Cabin Course

May 25-29

Four days covering the basics of starting a log cabin and the details of the "Norwegian Notch"

Everything will take place at our wilderness lodge. To get here we will drive you by boat along the Sask River to our home.  Enjoy a stay in one of our cozy rustic cabins. All meals provided. We have spent generations living on the land, building our homes with the resources in our backyards. This is our opportunity to share our knowledge gathering through the years on how to live on the land, off-grid, and building log homes. 

Your instructors are:

Michela Carriere for Chainsaw safety and basics. She is the owner/operator of Aski, with a lifetime of living in the woods.

Solomon Carriere for Logging and notch basics. He is Cree- Metis with a lifetime of experience hunting, fishing, and building cabins in the bush with minimal tools.

Léo Claret for Construction, logging, engineering, hand tools, and more. Leo is a trained civil engineer, spending years in Norway learning traditional Norwegian methods of building homes. He is a dedicated and talented construction worker.

These four days we will cover Safety, Logging, Planning, peeling, log selection, and making notches. 

Overview of topics:

  • Project planning
  • Selecting Trees
  • Gathering timber
  • Safety
  • Tree Growth
  • Log cabin tools
  • Chainsaw operation specific to timber and log cabin building
  • Log wall basics
  • First round
  • Fitting logs together
  • Notches
  • Off-grid life tips and tricks to building and living in a log home

About Us:

We are a family-run adventure lodge located 55km from Cumberland House, SK, on the Saskatchewan River Delta. We are accessible only by boat in the summer. We offer all sorts of adventures, with shared cabin accommodations, home-cooked dinners, and a sauna. We are off-grid, therefore we have wood stoves, haul water from the river, use outhouses, and hunt/fish/garden for our food. 

How to get here: 

The parking spot is at Dale Martin's boat launch 16.5 km past EB Campbell. (if you start seeing signs for 20km and higher, you have gone too far and missed the trail) 

What to bring:

  • Personal clothing and supplies
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Personal Tools
  • Chainsaw safety boots
  • Towels
  • Headlamp

We provide:

  • Bedding
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Safety Chaps and headgear
  • Community chainsaws, axes, chisels etc for borrowing and practicing.

Registration this year is 1190$ CAD 

*Please let us know of any allergies. Very limited wifi is available at the lodge, no cell service in the area. we encourage you to use this time to unplug, please notify people you going offline. First aid is available on-site, the nearest hospital is 3 hours away. Waiver forms are to be signed. 

Come for the Adventure, Leave changed!


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