"Matt does amazing work and spends the time needed to make sure the job is done right. You can tell he takes a lot of pride in what he does."

Laurie S., Lisle, ON

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Dovetail Log Building Course

March 2 - 29, 2019

Join Higgs Murphy and Matt Davidson at 54 Rama Dalton Boundary Road in Washago, ON, Canada from March 2nd, 2019 to March 29th, 2019 for a practical course on the craft of dovetailing!

  • 18,000 board feet of big wood
  • 80 compound dovetails
  • 10 cross laps
  • 33 mortise and tenons
  • 21 days of satisfaction

Course Schedule

Instructors are Higgs Murphy and Matt Davidson. Hot lunches (soup/stew and fresh bread), water and coffee and a group barbeque every Thursday at 5PM are provided with our course. 

Week One

$1250 CAD

 March 2nd, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Arrival
  • Registration
  • Lunch
  • Log home construction yard tour
  • Tool time
  • Barbeque dinner

 March 3rd, 2019 1:00pm

Log home tour of locally built full scribe dovetail home.

 March 4th - 8th, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm

  • Introduction “the classic Dovetail Home with Chinking”
  • Geometry
  • Tools
  • Laying out (centre line method)
  • Cutting techniques to cut to the line
  • Catalogue and Deck 4 walls
  • Cutting first round

Week Two

$1900 CAD

March 11th - 15th, 2019 (2 Weeks)

  • Building Walls

Week Three

$2750 CAD

March 18th - 22nd, 2019 (3 Weeks)

  • Laying out (Scribing notches)
  • Cantelever notches
  • Crosshouse notches Placing Header logs
  • Placing Plate logs
  • Laying out roof system
  • Door and window openings
  • Calculating settling

Week Four

$3600 CAD

March 25th - 29th, 2019 (4 Weeks)

  • The mortise and tennon
  • Post and beam roof system
  • Timber stair building
  • Timber frame truss building
  • Labeling for shipping
  • Chinking materials and methods
  • Adzing
  • Hewing

Course Instructors


Higgs Murphy

Higgs attended the B.Allen Mackie school of log building in 1978. Besides working for himself as a log home builder, and Sawyer, Higgs has worked for multiple, notable log home companies across Canada for almost 40 years.

In between his vast log home construction experience, he has shared his knowledge here and abroad,Instructing at Centennial College, College of the Rockies,Coast College Terrace,and the Blue Quills First Nation College.

He has also participated in workshops in the USA ,Scandinavia,UK, and western EU. A Craftsman in every sense of the word, that enjoys building, sharing his knowledge, building Jigs,and always looking for the next laugh


Matt Davidson

After 4 years of standard home construction and 1 year of Cabinet Making, Matt pursued Log home building in 1994 when he and his wife built their first home, a French-Canadian style called Piece-en-Piece.

He worked under veteran Hand crafters until 2000 which took him or his work as far away as Alberta, S.Korea, and State Side. In 2000, Matt and his wife Alison started Davidson Log & Timber Artisans.

Davidson Log Homes became known for their own particular style, and have handcrafted log homes and Timber-frames from Colorado, to Nova Scotia. Most of their work is in their home province of Ontario.

Matt’s enthusiasm and skill for the craft of log construction is inspirational, and likely contagious, always pushing people to be their best at what they do, in an efficient manner.

Assistant Instructors

Jørgine and Sam will be working alongside you sharing sharpening, cutting, and shaping techniques.


Jørgine Lillehaug (from Sommarsel, Norway)


Sam Davidson

About the Course

The Dovetail Log Building Course offers hands on learning every day in English, Norwegian, and a wee bit of French. At the end of 21 days you will possess skills and knowledge to guide you in your future endeavors of building your own chinked style Dovetail log home and have knowledge in Post and Beam construction.

How To Register

Register online below, or email us at [email protected] with your name, address, telephone number and how many sessions you wish to book. We will email you back with instructions on how to send a nonrefundable $400 CAN deposit. Once received, your confirmation will be sent, and your space will be saved. The remainder of the course fee is due by registration day.

How To Get Here

Our address is 54 Rama-Dalton Boundry Rd. Washago, ON L0K 2B0 Canada. We are located outside of Washago, 155 km north of Toronto international airport, Ontario, Canada. Click here for directions.

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