Friday, May 29, 2009

Building with our own wood

Today's post is a plea for help. : )

This new land we are planning to build our house on has a 60 acre forest. It would make sense to use at least a bit of this wood in the building of our house. Unfortunately, having never harvested our own wood, we don't know where to start!

So to people reading this who are in the Ottawa area. Please let me know if this is something you have ever done, and how we should go about doing it. (who can help do the actual work)

I know that wood has to dry a certain amount of time before it can be used, so we think we are limited to using our own wood for trim work and the like (if at all). Still, that would be something. : )

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Green building, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 comment:

  1. A friend just sent me this link and I was quickly going over and saw this old posting.
    There is a way to process your logs if you have pine or spruce. Also you can mill your logs once you cut them and dry them.

    Green logs could be used with a log lathe from You would be able to process them yourself if the budget allows or find a firm that would offer the same type of services.
    Most mills will require dried wood rather than wet.
    Lots of info on the web regarding air drying process.

    Have fun