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Wed, May 29


Big Eddy lodge

May Log Cabin Course

Dreaming about log cabins? Learn with us about off-grid log cabin building techniques, Norweigan notches, hand scribing, and traditional forestry skills. Hosted at Big Eddy Lodge, SK.

May Log Cabin Course
May Log Cabin Course

Time & Location

May 29, 2024, 8:00 a.m. – Jun 02, 2024, 12:00 p.m.

Big Eddy lodge, Cumberland House, SK, Canada

About the event

Log Cabin Course

May 29 - June 2, 2024

Join us for a five-day workshop where we will cover the basics of starting a log cabin and the details of the "Norwegian Notch". The workshop will take place at our wilderness lodge, which can be reached by boat along the Sask River. During your stay, you can enjoy our cozy rustic cabins and all meals will be provided. We come from generations of living on the land and building our homes with the resources in our backyards. This workshop is a great opportunity for us to share our knowledge gathered over the years on how to live off-grid and build log cabins.

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 Norwegian 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 studied civil engineering in France and spent years in Norway learning traditional Norwegian methods of building homes. He is a dedicated and talented construction worker.

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

About Us:

We are an adventure lodge run by a family and located 55 km away from Cumberland House, SK, on the Saskatchewan River Delta. Our location is only accessible by boat during the summer season. We offer a variety of adventures and provide shared cabin accommodations, home-cooked dinners, and a sauna. Since we are off-grid, we use wood stoves for warmth, collect water from the river, use outhouses, and rely on hunting, fishing, and gardening for our food. 

How to get here: 

Please arrive on May 28, Wednesday at 6 pm, which is the evening before the event. The parking spot is located at Dale Martin's boat launch, which is 16.5 km past EB Campbell. If you start seeing signs for 20 km and higher, it means you have gone too far and missed the trail.

Required tools students bring:

  • Draw Knife for peeling logs
  • Framing Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Scriber - 
  • 4 or 5 in angle grinder with sanding discs
  • Chainsaw with sharpening tools and wrenches
  • Peavey/Canthook
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk line
  • Lumber crayons
  • 2' level
  • Chainsaw safety boots 
  • Safety Glasses
  • chainsaw safety chaps

You can purchase tools from,,, or local Stihl/Husqvarna dealers near you. These tools are a great investment and the first step towards building your own log cabins.

What to bring:

  • Personal clothing and supplies
  • Rain jacket and sunglasses
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Bug spray
  • Bug jacket
  • Towel
  • Headlamp
  • Notebooks

We provide:

  • Bedding
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Safety Chaps and headgear
  • Chainsaws, axes, chisels, etc for borrowing and practicing (for a tool rental fee).

Course will be 5 days long. Registration is 1490$ CAD 

*Ages 21 and up, preference to those who have some experience with cutting firewood, or building small projects, as you need to use a chainsaw and sharp tools during the course. If you have no experience I recommend they cut some firewood before you come to gain experience and confidence with a chainsaw.

**Please let us know of any allergies. No 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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