The Log Cabin is one of the best known features at the
Woodland Education Centre in East Devon, England. Every year, it serves as a busy
focus for the environmental education activities of thousands of visiting school children
as well as many adult groups. Situated in the Northern Study Area of the Centre, it
overlooks one of several valuable ponds which support a wide variety of native wildlife
from plants to dragonflies and kingfishers.
A visiting group of school children learning about freshwater ecology in front
of the Log Cabin
The Log Cabin structure is built entirely of coniferous
timber grown within a 200m radius of where it stands. Timber is a renewable
resource, meaning that for each tree felled to make the Log Cabin, another tree can be
planted for use in the future.
The building was funded by a number of sponsors including the
Department of the Environment (now Department for the Environment, Transport and the
Regions) through their Local Projects Fund. This funding was made available because
the project clearly illustrated sustainability using a renewable resource.
The Log Cabin looks like it has come straight out of the
forests of North America or Canada. Indeed, it was built using a highly skilled
method called the American Full Scribe Technique. The method involves the contours
of each layer of logs being carefully scribed and shaped into the layer above, so making a
perfect water and air tight fit. It took just over four months to build but should
last well over 100 years! You can follow each stage of building the Log Cabin, from
clearing the site to laying the chestnut floorboards by clicking on the link near the
bottom of the page. All the images are in chronological order.
The American Full Scribe Technique involves tracing the contours of one log to another