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Tiny Pioneer Log Cabin in Alaska Built in 15 Days?

Since many of you are also into log cabins I thought you would enjoy this post.

It’s about a father and his son who set a goal to build a tiny pioneer log cabin in Alaska within 15 days.

Is that even possible? Well, let’s find out. Why just 15 days? Because that’s how much time they have between their schedules.

So what do you think, will they meet their goal or will they come up a few days short of time? Read below to find out!

I’ll also show you how to notch logs when building a log cabin.



Hauling Logs by Hand to the Construction Site


Flooring Finished


Cutting Logs


Carrying Logs to Construction Site


Notching the Logs


Progress: It Feels so Good

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Carrying Materials to the Site Using Duck Tape! (LOL)

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Framing the front Door

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Major Progress in Just a Few Days


Finishing up the Front Door with Framing and Hinges

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Installing the Roof


Day 15: Progress so Far


Video: 15 Days of Building a Tiny Pioneer Log Cabin with My Dad

Video: How to Notch a Log When Building a Log Cabin

Really Tiny Log Cabin on a Budget

So on day 15 they unfortunately ran out of time and while they didn’t finish they made major progress in a short period of time. I’m really impressed especially since these guys are NOT builders.

In a short period of time they were able to get the walls up, roof plank and the swinging front door with a coat of polyurethane.

So what do they have left when they come back again for their next trip? They plan on adding windows and finishing up the roof. So close to the finish line, right? But they both deserve a pat on the back in my opinion.

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  • LaMar Alexander LaMar
    July 7, 2013, 9:58 am

    Good job guys!

    I think I would want that floor insulated in that climate and straw or pine needles could be used for insulation.

    Those logs sitting right on the ground may deteriorate rapidly. Old timers charred the logs and used creosote to protect them from insect damage and they placed them on Rocks to prevent sinking.

    Just some ideas for people considering doing this.

    LaMar (who has built a few cabins)

  • Avatar David Ridge
    July 7, 2013, 10:02 am

    What a way for a father and son to bond, excellent, and I did not notice that the “kid” was wearing any kinda MP3 player.

  • Avatar alice h
    July 7, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Not peeling the logs obviously makes it a lot quicker but kind of ickier later though when bits of bark drop off and bugs start falling out. Green logs are going to shrink horribly, with some settling (rarely evenly) along with the shrinkage. The door framing is better nailed to a 2×4 installed into a groove in the logs rather than nailed to individual logs so they can slide down and settle around it. For a primitive shelter it’s OK but I hope nobody plans to copy this method for a serious living space.

  • Avatar jerryd
    July 7, 2013, 10:14 pm

    Such a waste of time. Now they’ll have to take it apart, debark the logs and make them fit better which will require 2-4 more logs/side from the height loss.

    They would have been better off not trying to race and just build it right even if it took more time as it’s near useless as it is. Now it’ll take that much more time.

    • Avatar Butch
      January 18, 2014, 10:47 am

      jerryd, you missed the whole point it was a father and son working side by side to achieve a goal. Hardly a waste of time

    • Avatar dannymac
      March 26, 2014, 1:54 pm

      jerryd, How you can say that this structure is “useless”?
      As I see it, these guys did a heck of a job getting this structure up in what I can say primitive conditions, in any amount of time, period.
      Just to see a father son team getting along long enough to do this project makes think of the times I spent with my own dad. These two have some memories no one can take away, ever.
      It was time well spent learning building skills, so who am I to say that what they built is “not right”? Hey, if they are pleased, I’m all for it!

  • Avatar david smith
    August 3, 2013, 3:46 pm

    I, eventually, want to build my own home (without electricity, plumbing, or water), will this log cabin be fitted with those later?
    Did you have to get a logging permit to cut the trees down?
    What kind of building permits or permissions did you have to get to build this (if it is being built without electricity, etc.)?
    I would be greatly appreciative of any advice you can give in these areas. Thank you.

    • Avatar dave
      August 9, 2015, 2:24 am

      It’s in Alaska. No permits are required if it’s built on your own land.

  • Avatar Rich Bates
    February 16, 2014, 11:55 am

    I think it is a great idea no need to make rude comments ask dumb questions the man owns his property knows what he wanted and him and his boy built it… If more people wear doers instead of worriers as I call them this country be better off

  • Avatar Donna
    June 16, 2014, 3:36 am

    It may have not been built properly according to the experts. It was built properly through love, bonding & priceless memories. It’s gonna take a while before it starts to fall apart so it’ll be enjoyed. PRICELESS! You go guys, you rock!

  • Avatar bill
    February 7, 2015, 11:31 pm

    In todays day and age most kids have there nose stuck in a not so smart phone and have no idea what hard work is. The man and his son who built there cabin worked hard together. I’m sure there are many kids out there that wished they had a dad that would spend quality time with them and some dads that wished they had a kid that would work that hard. I know I’m a dad and have 6 children 4 boys 2 girls. My kids that are old enough all work hard when asked and sometimes even when there not asked. I’m proud of all. Kids will learn what they live

  • Avatar Nancy
    June 21, 2015, 10:54 pm

    Wow, this is alot of work for 2 men in 15 days! What an experience for the two of them. Would love to see it completed.

  • Avatar Gordon Deisting
    June 21, 2015, 11:56 pm

    Wow!!!! What a sight to see,Father & Son doing things together.That’s priceless,$$$$$$ couldn’t buy that.Cause I know that also cause the things that we (pop’s & me ) built together are the BEST med going in my life.For he will always be there with me in my memories.Cherish the time you have with your parents and Grandparents,For they are the best times in life.Great to see that Father & Son. 😉

  • Avatar Patty
    June 22, 2015, 2:32 am

    Great job Dad & son! Would like to see more, when available.

  • Avatar carl
    February 23, 2016, 6:02 pm

    This is grate I am going to build a small cabin with my boys over the next year. I was just wanted to know if they made a video of them finishing the cabin?

  • Avatar scott padgett
    April 30, 2016, 2:47 pm

    Did they ever finish it? Link?

  • Avatar Robb
    June 20, 2016, 9:15 am

    besides the obvious 15 day threshold, why didn’t you debark your logs.

  • Avatar Gaynor
    October 26, 2018, 7:17 am

    I have a log cabin which was built in 1975 and its still standing and I love living in it.

    • Avatar Alex
      October 26, 2018, 10:37 am

      Would love to see your log cabin!

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