The Butt and Pass Method
The Butt and Pass Method is by far (and I mean by a really long way) the best method for building a REAL log home.
I am assuming you have dropped by because you have started to look around for information on how best to build a log cabin / home. Well I hope the information you find on my website answers your questions and if not why not ask me, I would be happy to answer any question you might have on building a log cabin and particularly on the butt and pass method.
The Butt and Pass method is the STRONGEST and needs the LEAST maintenance
Few people in today’s world have the necessary craftsmanship background nor the requisite amount of time it takes to master traditional scribing and notching. Fortunately you do not have to become a master craftsman to be able to build a very high-quality log structure in relatively little time.
Today there are inexpensive materials available that greatly simplify the process of log home building so you can put up a house with very little in the way of skill, time, or money. Logs are peeled, sometimes dried, cut to length, hauled into place, then drilled and pinned. With the butt and pass method, you use a big electric drill, lots of cheap reinforcing bar (otherwise known as “rebar”), and a sledge hammer to pin the logs together with essentially no scribing, no notching, and no close fitting. The final product is stronger and more stable than a scribed and notched log home.
A log on one wall butts up against a log on the other wall, overlapping like brickwork up the corners. The logs are held together with rebar pins, drilled and nailed through from one log to the next, at the corners and every two feet along each log. The butt and pass method has no vulnerable notches for rot to set in, and all the logs are so tightly pinned together with rebar that there is no settling. The window and door frames can be nailed directly to the logs without worry. The space between the logs is insulated with strips of fiberglass insulation, then covered with sand and cement chinking mortar.
Besides being fast, durable, and economical, the butt and pass method of log home building requires relatively few tools. In fact, most of the necessary tools would fit in the trunk of a car! And although big house logs may be heavy, you can easily lift them into place without a crane. With a block and tackle pulley system mounted on a lifting pole at each corner of the house, it is easy to wrap a strap around a log and hoist it into the air, either by hand, or by attaching the haul rope to a truck. Drive backwards slowly and the log floats into place.
When built correctly, a butt and pass log home can outlive any other type of log house, and it doesn’t require endless coats of stain or other sealants to protect the logs from decay.