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Find out if you could hack it as a lumberjack at Cedar Coast Homes’ Logs Up! event

In honour of its 25th anniversary, Cedar Coast Timber Homes is throwing Logs Up!, a celebration of the company’s work in Muskoka and the rest of the world. The owners have invited anyone in the Gravenhurst area to come out this Saturday and spend a day learning all about the latest methods and traditional techniques that go into building one of their energy-efficient log homes.

The event gives people “a chance to speak to the artisans about how they do it,” says co-founder Bert Bongers. Attendants will be able to watch as craftsmen hand-scribe logs—the practice of cutting individual logs so that they can be fitted snuggly together—and finish assembling a western red cedar house for an Aurelia-area family.

Visitors are also invited to test their lumberjack skills by competing in a log-sawing contest. There will be categories for men, women and kids—all of who will have a chance to win reforesting saplings, as well as bragging rights.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided, and guests will have lots of other opportunities to compete for prizes and Cedar Coast swag. In fact, you’ll want to get there early since the 25th visitor to arrive will win a t-shirt and have a donation made in their name to the Rotary Club.

Cedar Coast is also inviting all who are interested to return three weeks later and watch as the red cedar home is taken apart with a crane and moved to a lot just outside of Orillia. You can drop in anytime over the course of two days to check out the crew as they put the house back together on its foundation.

So if you want to see the masters at work, or test out your log-sawing skills, head to Earth, Stone and Fire in Gravenhurst on April 25th and enjoy a cedar-centric afternoon.

Logs Up! will be happening from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25th at Earth, Stone and Fire at 2368 Hwy 11 North, Gravenhurst ON.

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