Monthly Archives: October 2013

MAKE have a new (log) home in the Borders!

MAKE Summer Shool is proud to be at St. Mary’s, Melrose in July 2014. It is a wonderful school that works really hard to develop their  pupil’s creativity and skills through Design & Technology. I have been down several times to see the department and the exhibition showcasing the pupil work and am always really impressed!

Mechanical toy

Mechanical toy

Lion mask

Lion mask

Stationary holder

Stationary holder

 

With an exciting new venue in the Borders for MAKE Summer Shool 2014, it makes sense to tap into some of the amazing creativity the region has to offer.

Caledonia Log Homes are a relatively new Borders company who specialise in building traditional and Post & Beam Log Homes using handcrafted techniques. Chris Houston is the head builder who originally comes from Hawick. After Uni Chris moved to Canada where he learned the traditional techniques involved in building log cabins. He returned home with ten years experience and now runs the company with his brother John, of Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland 7’s fame.

Chris Houston in action!

Chris Houston in action!

John Houston

John Houston

 

 

 

 

 

The company employs an experienced log builder from France called Julien, and are also training a local builder called Graeme. So far they have built four log cabins, two house and a football shelter.

Log studio

Log studio

MAKE Summer School are big fans of Caledonia Log Home’s work and are considering adding a day trip to their yard in the Scottish Borders to learn about the art of log building. The day would include a discussion on how to source logs from Scottish forests, a shot at hand peeling a 12m log and a demonstration of how the intricate notches are carved into the log to make it all stick together. If any of our young Apprentices would like to see this happen please let us know!

Check out Caledonia Log Homes website at www.caledonialoghomes.co.uk

and like them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CaledoniaLogHomes

There are exciting times ahead and the run up to Summer 2014 has already begun!