How to Scribe Fit – Building my off grid log cabin

Well the foundation and floor are done, now begins the laborious task of building walls and by laborious I mean suck it up buttercup its time to get dirty. Unfortunately I have not figured out yet how to magically make 20ft logs appear on top of each other… moving logs by hand and without heavy equipment is not for the timid.

Lets talk about scribe fitting a log cabin

I should add that the scribe fit method is definitely NOT the fastest way for one man to build a house. If you are in a hurry to get a roof over your head, as I am before the snow starts to fly, you may want to consider a different log building method. I do believe that scribe fitting offers a better look, tightest fit and best insulation value of all the hand-crafted styles.

The basic method of building scribe fit log walls has remained unchanged for centuries. One log at a time, a log is placed on top of another and then using a Scribe (divider with bubble levels), one carefully runs the pointy end of the Scribe along the bottom log which then transfers the contours of the bottom log onto the log above by means of an indelible pencil mounted on the top of the scribe.

The two videos below show you how I am scribe fitting my cabin walls. There are several ways to approach this style of log cabin building just as there are many ways to skin a cat. Every day I improve with accuracy and discover new ways to perfect my style. As with any craft it takes time to learn, refine and to perfect.



  1. Doug Mill October 24, 2015 at 5:47 am - Reply


  2. Blake Coady February 26, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your videos. My wife and I are homesteading in northeast Washington state. We lived in a wall tent for the first 2 years of our build. That was an experience in 20 below. We used a boom truck for lifting our ridge beam and large rafters in place. All of our logs were seasoned cedar D logs. My back hurts thinking about you moving green Doug fir. A jib pole might help. If I was close enough I would love to help.

    • OGWarrior March 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Blake, glad to hear you enjoyed the videos. Two years in NE WA and a walled tend sounds like “fun”… hats off to you. We are in NE WA bordering on the Colville National Forest, this Winter has been spent in a 5th wheel, hopefully we do not have to repeat this next Winter. 3 more rounds to go for us and then it is roof time (may set up a Jib pole), just waiting for snow/ice to thaw. Keep well.

  3. Jez July 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Your mission is awesome. The choice of life style although hard is an inspiration. I’m tired of the hamster wheel. Heading out bush as we call it down under is a salvation. Living in it a dream of mine too.

  4. Dermot January 5, 2017 at 4:45 am - Reply

    Nice work. That was the best video I’ve seen for scribe fitting. It will be great to see the finished product. All the best. You do great work and have a knack for explaining details.

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