Hello Everyone! Great to discover this forum. I've just purchased a large tract of land and will begin building my own log home from scratch next month, I hope to be finished by August! If anyone ever needs advice or help on hand crafted log homes I am happy to help, I've worked along side the log home industry for 10 years, have experience in almost every type of construction and have experience hand-hewing and building with logs, so I'm happy to be of assistance where I may. I have a lot of knowladge on how to build yourself a beautiful log home with VERY little money using some old-school methods that anyone could learn and I'm happy to share it where needed. I've also put a post up under Building/Construction in the homesteading section about what I'm proposing to do, which is unite others that wish to build their own log homes on my land in a sort of log home mini-community where we could share a barn/livestock area, gardens etc. Just a hope to help some like-minded people realize their "zero mortgage" dreams and not having to rely on wal-mart for all of our daily needs. So I hope everyone has a great evening, and I look forward to learning more myself by reading all of your posts as well. Take care everyone!!