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Sharing Roots
By Tom Hahney
Following our conference
in Abbotsford I got think-
ing about our roots.
By roots I mean how our
association came to be
such an unusual group:
one that freely shares knowledge among so-called
competitors. Knowledge that could give a builder an
edge is not hoarded or protected, but taught and
shared openly. And not just in the scheduled teaching
sessions, but during coffee breaks, over meals, in the
john, standing in line for breakfast, at the bar, stand-
ing in the rain in the parking lot.
Our supporting sponsors (who attend the building
conventions and conferences of many other organiza-
tions) say the same thing: ILBA members share knowl-
edge and know-how, tricks and jigs in a fun, open
and unprecedented manner, and this is not the norm.
OK. And, how did all this all begin?
It was the winter of 1975-1976, and I was at the
Mackie School of Log Building when I had my first
taste of this type of sharing. This was just the second
class held at the School, and the format was wonder-
fully open and flexible. Each of us came to the school
when we were able, and stayed as long as we could.
The numbers of students changed each week, with
familiar friends being replaced by new seekers. If
we wanted to know about something, all we needed
to do was ask.
Allan taught me tree felling because I didnt know
the first thing about it, and I asked. Someone wanted
to learn about making tools, so Allan bought welding
gear and we made slicks and scribers, spuds and log
dogs. I wanted to learn about trusses. Allan took me
into the classroom, pointed up at the purlins, talked
about tie beams, king posts, principal rafters, webs,
wind braces, settling allowance, how to make an
angle layout tool, showed me some wood I could use
and let me get at it. Someone wanted to do hewn
work. Allan helped him add another truss to the Tea
House. And we all received many, many lessons the
day we raised that truss into position. What fun!
Over the next several years I built a home for my
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Inside This Issue
Conference Reports 2007
Thank You to the Conference
Volunteers page 2
Thank You to Our Sponsors
page 2
Log Builder Games 2007
page 3
Conference Tech Talk
page 4
Spiral Grain page 6
The Honourable Barry
Penner page 10
What is Your Standard of
Building? page 12
Tech Talk page 14
Panorama for Log
Builders page 16
Members Adopt
Constitution, Bylaws, and
Ethics Code at AGM
page 17
International Log
Builders Association
Constitution page 17
International Log
Builders Association Code
Of Ethics page 21
Classified Ads page 22, 24
Advertisers in This Issue
page 27
Group photo from the 2007 ILBA Spring Conference and AGM. PHOTO JOEL MCCARTY
BELOW Tom Hahney PHOTO INGRID BOYS
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LogBuildingNews
May | June | July 2007
Issue #63
Published four times a year
2007 International Log Builders
Association
P.O. Box 775
Lumby, British Columbia
Canada V0E 2G0
Toll-free: 800-532-2900
Phone: 250-547-8776
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www.logassociation.org
Cathy Hansen, Executive Director
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Ann Miks, Administrative Assistant
ann@logassociation.org
Log Building News Editor
Robert Chambers
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Contributors to this issue:
Dai Ona
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Robert Chambers
robert@LogBuilding.org
Tom Hahney
tomhahney@earthlink.net
Robrt Savignac
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Ed Shure
ed@timmerhusinc.com
family, and began my career as a log builder. During these early days of building I
noticed a certain level of secretiveness among some builders; not wanting to show
scribers, or how a chain was being filed, for example. It was strange after my experi-
ence at the School.
The ILBA (the CLBA at that time) was newly in existence when I was attending the
Mackie School, and one autumn I was able to attend a gathering. I clearly recall Allan
saying, When one of us learns something and shares it, it brings us all up together.
This was one of the things that I believe helped set the tone for our gatheringsdown
to the present day.
So many of us were influenced by the School directly and indirectly, and the same
openness shown by the teachers and the learning environment there, moved wonder-
fully through the newly-developing Association. The sharing stuck, and it grew, and it
flourished. As the saying goes, All of us are smarter then any one of us. And then
we all come up together.
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Thank You to the Conference Volunteers
Vic Janzen, Conference Chair
Willi Miks
Andree Menard
Josh Littler
Jordan Littler
Katherine Littler
Rob Littler
Dai Ona
John Boys
Ingrid Boys
Mike Storey
Joel McCarty
Suzette Storey
Jarret Radomske
Rae Anderson
Lois Pinsent-Bladon
Katharina Koelbel
Mira Jean Steinbrecher
Lloyd Beckedorf
Michelle LeFrancois
Shondra Rossman
Thomas Edelson
Dennis (Can-Do Crane)
and the many men
who helped clean up
afterwards...
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Mission Statement
This association is a non-prot
organization comprised of log crafters and
afliated members from many countries.
We are dedicated to the education of
both our members and the public.
Our association has a mandate to
research, develop and share techniques
relevant to the construction of superior hand-
crafted log buildings.
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Log Builder Games 2007
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Slabbing
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3rd place Jordan Littler
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CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT Josh and Rob Littler;
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Nick Berwian. PHOTOS: INGRID BOYS AND JOEL MCCARTY
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Spiral GrainThe Inside Story
By Robert W. Chambers
Spiral grain is a natural condition of most
of the trees that we use for our log
homesit is not special or unusual.
As one scientist has written, perhaps the
most significant characteristic of spiral
grain is its nearly universal occurrence.(1)
Wait a second, we have all seen
straight-grain trees. Or have we? We all
want straight-grain treesor should we?
The answer is coming up, and it might
surprise you.
Lefthand and Righthand
The surface of a peeled tree can reveal its
grain slope and grain direction. If the tree
has started to dry, the checks almost
always indicate grain slope and direction.
Put your right hand on the log, with your
forearm parallel to the length of the
treeif the checks follow your fingers it
is a righthand spiral; if they follow your
thumb then its a lefty. Hermann Phleps
book is the first place I saw this in writing
(though in 1983 Id heard about it from
my teacher, Lloyd Beckedorf).
If a tree has not started to check, then a
spiral grain scribe indicator can help
which is just a small, sharp needle on a
free-swiveling arm. It is tough determining
spiral when the bark is still on. There can
be clueslocation of branches; the hollow
pits above and below a branch; striations
in the bark itself. I have seen Japanese
buyers cruising standing trees for temple
logsand they seem to know something
about spotting spiral that I dont. Id like
to know what it is! But, then, it might be
1) tough to train the loggers to see the
difference, and 2) get them to sell all the
lefties to other customers!
To determine spiral direction you can be
at the top end of the log, the butt end, or
even in the middle. It is not true that you
can only use the right hand test if you
are standing at the butt end. But really,
once you learn to see right spiral and left
spiral, youll almost never use the hand
test. RH and LH are as obvious to log
builders as curveball and fastball are to
seasoned catchers.
While we can tell spiral grain on a logs
surface, it is not possible to detect grain
slope of interior layers of a tree. If you
keep peeling off one layer (one year) of
growth at a time, and test the grain direc-
tion of each layer, you can figure out what
that tree was likebut you end up with a
large pile of peelingsand no log.
Scientists are trying to develop reliable,
non-destructive methods of finding grain
slope and direction inside a whole log.
But for log builders that may not be very
important information to have. After all,
we already know the important stuff: if a
log is lefthand on its surface, then it is like-
ly to cause problems in a scribe-fit wall.
What Is the Problem?
Poles with severe left-hand spiral tended
to be bad twisters. Poles with right-hand
spiral usually were more stable, . . . The
cause of this difference was found to be
the internal grain structure. Poles with sur-
face left-hand spiral contained left-spiraled
grain from the center of the pole out to
the surface. Poles with surface right-hand
spiraled grain usually contained left-hand
spiral grain near the pith and right-hand
spiraled grain near the surface. The result
was counteracting twist forces and little
net twist, of the pole. (4)
The problem is that a tree that has one
direction of spiral grain all the way from
its center to its outside surface will twist a
lot as it dries. Righthand growth layers
near the outside of the log help balance
the twisting stresses of the lefthand (LH)
growth layers that are inside virtually all
logs. Lefthand trees are a problem
because they do not have interior RH spi-
ral to help keep their stresses balanced.
Virtually no trees start their lives right-
hand; and almost all trees start out left-
hand. And this is why lefties are bad for
some locations in log walls. I have seen
LH logs lift tons of logs, and cause gaps in
corner notches as the twist is translated
up into higher rounds. Through-bolts,
lags, and dowels cannot stop a lefty that
wants to twist.
By the way, trees twist tighter as they
dry, they do not untwist. If a tree has a
10-degree LH grain when it was green, it
will have steeper than 10-degree LH grain
when it is dry. Same goes for righthand
trees, though they do not twist nearly as
much.
The earliest tests I have found compar-
ing LH and RH spiral were in Montana in
the 1950sgovernment studies done for
power pole companies. Linemen had
reported that the cross arms on some
When surface grain goes the direction of
the fingers of your right hand, it is
righthand grain.
There is just one lefthand tree in this
corner, but it is causing gaps in the two
logs above it, too.
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poles were rotating over time, and pulling
on the wires. The research setup was easy:
290 telephone poles, one end sunk into
the ground, with a cross arm attached
near the top, and left to dry in place for 5
years. The result? You guessed itleft-
hand spiral poles twisted dramatically (40-
foot poles twisted to the left up to 40-
degrees); righties twisted not so much
40-foot poles twisted to the right less than
15-degrees (3, 4).
Looking inside the tree explains the
stability of the right-spiraled poles. Poles
containing only left spiral [from center to
surface] respond to moisture content
changes [more] than poles containing
both left-hand and right-spiraled grain.
(4)
How Trees Grow
Almost all softwoods (pines, spruces, firs
cedars, and the like) start out with left-
hand twist. The first few years, called juve-
nile wood, is steeply LH. I have found no
report of any softwood tree that starts out
growing RH when it is young.
In one study, 93-percent of the trees
changed the direction of their spiral as
they got older. (5) As a tree gets older it
may slowly switch its grain slope from left-
hand to righthand, or it can stay lefthand
(3). If it does switch, then at some time it
will pass through a few years when it will
have a straight-grained surface. If the tree
is cut down and peeled at this stage, we
would say it is straight-grained. But
straight-grain is usually just a phase that a
tree goes through.
And, if a tree is straight-grained on its
peeled surface, then it has nearly a 100%
chance that it is lefthand closer to its cen-
ter. No tree seems to be completely
straight-grained throughout. (11) In a
study of more than 1800 Douglas fir, not
one tree was found to contain all straight-
grained samples. (5)
Those trees that change their spiral
direction seem to make the change when
they are between about 10 to 40 years old.
I have seen trees that were quite
straight grained at their butt end, but had
a lefthand spiral twist at the top end. How
can one tree be both straight and left-
hand? Easy: the butt end of a tree is older
than the top end of the tree.
That shouldnt surprise us, if we think
about it. Count the growth rings at the
stump you might find 75. Count the
growth rings at the top end-cut you
might find 35. So, the butt is 40 years
older than the top of the same tree. The
butt has had time to get old enough to
start the switch over to RH grain, while
the top is still too young (35 years old) to
have switched spiral direction.
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Strength . . and more
It is . . . slope of grain that is truly the
most important growth-related feature of
a particular log that determines its overall
strength and suitability for us, Ed Burke.
Its not just that LH trees tend to twist
more over timeLH trees are also weaker
and less stiff. One study found that only
4-degrees of grain slope (1:14) decreased
bending strength (MOR) by about 20-per-
cent (3), and ASTM D-3957 advises using
a 25-percent strength reduction.
Right spiral-grained poles are nearly
as strong as straight-grained poles.(3)
A lesson for log builders is to avoid using
LH trees as beams like ridges, purlins,
joists, and so on. One report decided that
a slope of grain greater than 1 in 12
(5-degrees) should not be permitted in
beams.(6)
The ASTM standard for poles restricts
the amount of spiral, but does not distin-
guish between lefthand and righthand.
When the ASTM standard was written it
was not known that RH trees were LH
inside, and that LH trees were LH all the
way through. ASTM D-3957 says that
the exact relationship between slope of
grain and bending strength has not been
determined for unsawn round timbers
[logs], but provides an estimate in which
a log with 1:8 (7-degrees) spiral slope has
about half of the bending strength (MOR)
of straight-grained, clear samples.
Unfortunately, ASTM assumes that all
spiral is LH (bad) spiralwhich is, I think,
a cop-out by engineers who may assume
we cant tell left from right. The result is
an unfortunate waste: many RH trees get
downgraded without any good cause6
RH trees get lumped together with 6 LH
trees, even though all the research says it
is lefties we need to be careful with.
The Modulus of Elasticity (E or MOE)
which is a measure of how stiff a log will
benot how strong, but how much it will
bend or deflect under a given loadis
also lower for LH logs than for RH logs. LH
trees will bend more than RH spiral trees
under the same load.
LH trees also shrink more lengthwise
than RH trees. Most wood does not shrink
much in lengthit can shrink quite a bit
in diameter (as we all know), but not
length. But LH spiral trees can shrink sig-
nificantly in length.
How to Use Spiral Trees
In Sweden, very small, young trees are
harvested for making 2x4 studssome-
times they only get two studs from one
tree. This means that LH spiral is
severe since all the wood is juvenile
wood. An innovative way to produce
straight studs from severe LH trees is to
start out by sawing them in a spiral shape
(7). The log is rotated as it is fed through
a bandsaw so that the green studs have a
severe twist. Then, as the studs dry, they
come back towards straight. The idea is
that if every stud could be sawn so that
the ripping cuts followed the grain slope,
then the stud would not have any cross-
grain faceit would be a straight-grained
stud! Very clever.
For log building, LH trees can be used
as posts, and low in log walls. Moderate-
spiral RH trees can be used anywhere in a
log wall except the top round. Go to the
ILBA Log Building Standards, Section 2.A
for more guidance.
Coriolis?
I have read news articles and internet
postings about wind pushing on branch-
es, about northern and southern hemi-
spheres, about Coriolis effect (the earth is
turning all the time, after all, and, as Neil
Young sings, its a wonder tall trees aint
laying down), about the slope of the hill
and which way the slope faces, about
how fast or slow the tree grows, and so
on. And I know there are old loggers who
know why trees spiral.
But all the science I have read agrees:
spiral grain is overwhelmingly genetic. The
seeds and cones from righthand trees tend
to produce righthand youngns. It is not
surprising that most of the trees on a north
slope somewhere have about the same
spiral graintheyre closely relatedI guess
cones dont fall far from the tree.
Selected References
1. Kozlowski, Growth and Development of Trees,
Vol. 2, 1971
2. Benson, Changes in Spiral Grain Direction,
Forest Products Lab (FPL), Report 2058, 1956
3. Lowery and Erickson, The Effect of Spiral Grain
on Pole Twist and Bending Strength, FPL
4. Wellner and Lowery, Spiral GrainA Cause of
Pole Twisting, INT 38
5. Woodfin, Spiral Grain Patterns in Coast
Douglas-fir, Forest Products Journal 19, 1969
6. Ohara and Grant, Sloping Grain and the
Strength of Structural Timber, NSW Timber
Advisory Council, 1985
7. Klinger, Nilsson, and Johansson, Pre-Twisting
During Sawing Results in Straight Studs, Report
04:08, 2004, Chalmers University, Sweden
8. Burke, Visual Stress Grading, Structure
Magazine, 2006
9. Harris, Spiral Grain and Wave Phenomena in
Wood Formation, 1989
10. Pellicane and Franco, Modeling Wood Pole
Failure, Wood Science and Technology 28, 1994
11. Kubler, Function of Spiral Grain in Trees, Trees,
1994.
12. Phleps, The Craft of Log Building, 1982 (origi-
nally 1942)
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Good morning. I want to begin by welcoming you all to British
Columbia. Thank you for coming from around the world to
attend this conference here in Abbotsford.
In 2006, the world saw the splendor of a unique British
Columbian log structure. British ColumbiaCanada Place wel-
comed the public and invited guests to Torino, Italy. This log
structure was chosen as the way to house the presentation of
British Columbia to the world and to welcome the global com-
munity to the next Olympic winter games, here in British
ColumbiaVancouver 2010.
The temporary 6,500-square-foot pavilion was a classic ski
resort-style log structure complemented by an existing modern
glass exhibit halla perfect blend of the beauty of rural British
Columbia and our modern glass towers. Inside, the diversity of
style and cultures is reflected in the warmth of the log structure
on one side and the high-tech exhibitions on the other.
As many of you know, the log structure was designed and
manufactured in 100 Mile House, BC. No living trees were har-
vested for this project. The centre pole of the house was found
on a beach in coastal BC where it washed ashore. The remainder
of the house was constructed entirely from trees destroyed by
pine beetles.
The house was first constructed in 100 Mile House, dismantled
and shipped in 22 containers to Torino, then re-constructed on
site in 2005. After the games closed, Canada presented this spec-
tacular log structure as a gift to the people of Torino.
British ColumbiaCanada Place is a great example of a value-
added product that makes use of the pine beetle-damaged wood
available throughout the province. Here in British Columbia, we
have access to many of the best raw materials available. In fact,
the BC government is helping local organizations in affected
communities to expand and diversify marketing efforts for beetle
wood products.
Log homes are greener than conventional housesprimarily
through their use of renewable resources. But they also con-
tribute to the environment by limiting the output of Greenhouse
Gas through energy efficiency.
The green benefits of log homes are greater than just the ener-
gy they save. After a log home is no longer needed, a greater
percentage of the materials that went into the building can be
reused or recycled. In fact, the Ministry of Environment has been
working to ensure that BC communities are environmentally sus-
tainable.
To ensure sustainable communities, our government has a
strategy in place that will not only develop policy, but will
encourage British Columbians to embrace more sustainable
approaches to land and resource development, and a healthier
lifestyle. Were doing that in areas of energy efficiency, green
infrastructure planning, air quality, water security, transportation
and waste management.
We will continue to build on our reputation for environmental
stewardship by establishing targets and actions that will reduce
BCs greenhouse gases by at least one third by 2020. Earlier this
week, British Columbia joined five U.S. states: California, New
Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Arizona in a climate change
initiative.
The purpose of the initiative is to identify, evaluate and imple-
ment ways to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in
the region and to achieve related co-benefits. International cli-
mate change solutions will foster innovation and new technolo-
gies, which will translate into more jobs, new investments, and
ultimatelygreater prosperity for British Columbia.
The Ministry of Environment has several closely-related strate-
gies in place, such as the Air Action Plan and the Climate Change
Plan, to achieve this goal in a realistic, economically-viable way.
The threat of climate change is very real. Just this past year, we
suffered from some extreme weather right here in BCfrom a
summer drought severe enough to raise concerns about fish,
water supply and agriculture, to a series of intense winter storms
that left behind a near-record snow pack.
While these weather events have affected the lives of many
British Columbians and kept Ministry staff very busy, they have
also heightened our awareness about climate change. We need
to find ways to stall global warming and to minimize the impacts
it has already unleashed.
The Honourable Barry Penner
Minister of Environment, British Columbia
Speaking to the International Log Builders Association 34th Annual Conference and AGM, April 26, 2007
Vic Janzen, Conference Chair, LEFT presents the Honourable
Barry Penner, British Columbias Minister of Environment and
Minister Responsible for Responsible for Water Stewardship
and Sustainable Communities with an ILBA T-shirt and hat.
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The BC Climate Change Plan will set a clear course for a
greener future and a healthier planet, with new goals and tar-
gets that will make us leaders in North America and the
world. As part of our Climate Change Strategy, we will require
thatby 2016all electricity produced in BC has net zero
greenhouse gas emissions
We will also establish tailpipe emission standards for all new
vehicles sold in BC, aiming to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
from cars by 30 per cent between 2009 and 2016.
These are pivotal times for the environment in BC, Canada
and the worldtimes in which even our smallest actions as
individuals can have an impact of global consequence. Through
the Ministry of Environment, the Government of British
Columbia will support a series of initiatives to help each one of
us reduce this impact, which in turn will result in a stronger,
more sustainable economy for the province.
Every person worldwide will be instrumental in the collabora-
tive effort to fight climate change. Constructing sustainable
housing is one huge way that you help in the global fight.
Thank you.
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What is Your Standard of Building?
By Robrt Savignac
The book is out. After a 5-year effort with
the commitment and input of a dedicated
handful of logbuilders, designers, engi-
neers, code officials as well as the required
input of public deliberation, the Inter -
national Codes Council has published and
released its Standard On the Design and
Construction of Log Structures, ICC 400-
2007 IS-LOG. (Editors note: it is for sale by
the ILBA, see information in this issue.)
Approved by the American National
Standard Institute on February 8, 2007,
and approved by ICC membership at its
Final Action Hearings in May 2007. This
last official motion then propelled the
document as a Reference Standard for the
2007 supplement of the International
Codes: IRC (International Residential
Code) and IBC (International Building
Code), and it will be included in the next
publications of the 2009 IRC and IBC.
Its official status now established, the
ICC Standard can be adopted by cities,
counties, and municipalities throughout
North America. This means that the local
building department can now use this
document as an enforceable code require-
ment. This is also true within regions of
Canada, even though it might not be part
of current provincial law, or within the
National Building Code of Canada.
So there you go! Its done, though all
building codes are minimum requirements
based on the intent to establish provi-
sionsthat adequately protect public
health, safety and welfare, and this does
not dictate how much better you are able
to build. The intent of our own ILBA Log
Building Standards is not redundant, but
further incites us to create even greater
references of acceptable methods and
techniques that demonstrate the strength,
beauty and efficiency of our handcrafted
log home building systems. It is efficiency
that I want to dwell on today.
If you havent yet seen the film
An Inconvenient Truthdo so. When it
comes to the very real concerns of global
warming and its rude consequences,
unless you dont read or watch the news,
or listen to the warnings of our most
learned-minds, you are indeed part of a
Modern Building practices
have brought us:
Increases in electromagnetic fields
in homes
Decreases in indoor air quality
Increases in VOCs and other
material out-gassing
Sick-building syndrome.
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serious problem, and not part of the col-
lective solution.
Enter the Log Home. At our recent con-
ference in Abbotsford, BC, many ILBA
members concerned about the ecological
status of our log homes asked me for
more information about the thermal
performance of log structures, and where
on the scale did our homes rate in terms
of Eco responsibility, life-cycle analysis,
sustainable building practice, and overall
energy efficiency, including the foot-
print made on the environment.
Until recently there have been three
definitive studies on log homes
Utah, Minnesota, and a combined
Ontario/Quebec study on thermal per-
formance and air leakage of log homes.
All of these looked at log homes of various
styles, ages, profiles and diameters, and
concluded that log homes perform no
worse than conventional homes. The
greatest heat losses can be attributed to
air leakage around door and window
openings, through the roof and between
the plate log and ceiling (the roof-framing
members). We need to develop Standards
and better building practices.
There are also two recently-commis-
sioned studies; one by members of the
Log Homes Council, performed by Oak
Ridge National Laboratories: The Energy
Performance of Log Homes and The
Hygrothermal Inertia of Massive Timber
Constructions. This compliments other
work done in Scandinavia, where log
homes are a dominant part of the built-
environment, and that have precipitated
thermal performance studies throughout
the years.
In North America, all things being equal,
log homes will perform the same as over-
seas log homes, provided we are working
from the same reference planes. But we
are not. Our members, and the style of
handcrafted log homes distinctive to
Canada and the US, is still predominately
round log, scribe-fit, interlocking, and gas-
keted (well, the logs should be gasketed!).
This style is considered out of date in
much of Europe, due in part to the lack of
large trees. (Its interesting to note that
round-log construction has come full cir-
cleround-log homes in Europe are
called Canadian-style while we describe
our techniques as Scandinavian!) I make
no great distinction with chink-style log
homes, where the notches have been
carefully scribed and fit, and the chink
gap is effectively sealed, at least as effec-
tively as our gasketed full-scribe long
grooves.
All of these methods still need to
accommodate settling, and ensure that
the structural and thermal performance is
not compromised. There has been no
study that demonstrates the thermal per-
formance and energy efficiency of our
type of gasketed, full-scribe modern log
construction. It is imperative that the ILBA
support research in this area, and thereby
provide the answers to our clients on just
how efficient and green our log structures
can be.
One such study is planned by the
University of Manitobas Biosystems
Engineering Department, in a program
they call the Alternative Village. Here,
along with several other alternative
building envelopes, a thermal perform-
ance comparative analysis will be done in
a controlled setting, subject to Manitobas
hot summers and very cold winters.
This is also another opportunityone to
monitor the moisture management of log
structures, conduct a forensic analysis of
its embodied energy and life cycle assess-
ment, as per guidelines established by the
Green Building Council, the Athena
Institute. This would help our industry
and its skeptics gain a better understand-
ing of the benefits of log homes and
structures, and put some of our assump-
tions to rest.
Log homes are, and remain, a dream
home. It is our dream to build them; it is
our clients (and our own!) hopes to live in
them. We all desire to live responsibly, and
the answers to some of these energy
questions will keep this industry alive and
well. But we cannot stop at log walls
alone. Clients come to us with their great-
est aspirations, and look to us for advice.
We must not answer that we do not care
about how the home is finished, how it is
heated or cooled, what other materials go
into it, or where the shit ends up when
the toilets are flushed.
We are selling more than a home
we should be selling sustainability and
responsibility. We must demonstrate that
indeed, we do have Standards building
code or otherwise! I feel that the hand-
crafted log home industry should become
the poster child for green building prac-
tices, not only as an investment in the use
of renewable building products, but as an
investment in our fight against global
warming and the accumulation of green-
house gases.
Its not enough to adhere to the
required Building Codes and Association
Standards. Log structures will last for cen-
turies, and we are quick to profess the
same. We need to ensure that our quality
of life, on this earth, will endure for as
long. Set your Standards high, and we will
not only ensure a successful and profitable
industry, but can take pride in contribut-
ing to the health and sustainability of all.
Modern Buildings use,
or are responsible for:
40% of the worlds total energy use
30% of raw materials consumed
25% of timber harvest
30% of the worlds C0
2
emissions
16% of fresh water use
40% of municipal solid waste
50% of ozone-depleting CFCs still
in use
25% or more of the solid waste in
landfills
14 LogBuildingNews May | June | July 2007
TechTalk
TI PS AND TOOLS
Petzl Helmets
John Nininger brought his new Petzl safety helmet to Tech Talk
(photo on page 4), and I was so impressed I bought one as
soon as I got home. Petzl is a
famous name in mountain climbing
gear (they also make the LED head-
lamps we all own)known for mak-
ing extremely high quality gear for
extreme conditions.
I bought the version that Petzl is
making for Husqvarna (I got a thing
for the orange, always have). It is
essentially the same as their climbing helmet called Vertex that
comes in two models: Vented and Best (which is simply unvent-
ed, not better)without ear protection about $80. The suspen-
sion system is greatcomfortable sling webbing, and very
adjustable. Other helmets feel like youre trying to balance a
book on your head. This helmet actually fits. What a difference.
And it has a chin strapessential for keeping a helmet on
your head. I like to wear a helmet all the time Im in the yard,
but without a chin
strap its hard to keep
it onand I dont like
giving up one hand
just to hold my hel-
met, so Im going to
really like this.
SherrillTree is one
shop that sells Petzl
and accessories, and
even has custom-painted helmets. I mention them only because
they are a full supply center for arborists: www.SherrillTree.com.
A lot of cool gear here.
The Husky Arborist helmet (5313084-13, about $100) comes
with ear muffs (fit into slots in the Vertex helmet), but I am try-
ing to get the US importer of MSA-Sordin to carry the great
mesh and plastic face screens that are available in Europe.
Sordin is the name in high tech ear protection31dB ratings,
Bluetooth, and more.
Robrt Savignac and a friend model
their Pfanners.
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Pfanner Clothes
Robrt Savignac was sporting the latest in safety fashion from
Pfanner Tough Gear Canada Ltd. at this years conference. He
reports that they sell the most comfortable safety and work
clothes he has come acrossand he is working with them on
developing some gear especially for log builders. For more
information, www.PfannerShop.com or 866-995-9033 toll free.
Space Pens
If you use plotter pens from Fisher, you need to know this: all of
their pens will now be sold only online from the Plus Power
Group at www.ppg2.com. Ive been to the website and it looks
easy to use. Standard colors are still available, and also two I
had not seen before: aluminum and ultraviolet (invisible except
under blacklight)! Has anyone tried those colors? I have been
using the BK3 inka black formulated for wood. And they now
are selling 4-oz bottles of space inkmeaning that if you are
crafty you might want to try refilling your own Grieb pens.
16 LogBuildingNews May | June | July 2007
Maybe you have seen the photos online
where you can use your mouse to see ALL
around, and up and downa 360 degree
panorama movie. The first panorama
movie I made, I took pictures using a tripod
and a 24mm lens (that was equivalent to
36mm lenses in digital photography). I took
about 12 shots, and made sure each one
overlapped on both sides of every picture,
and then I stitched them together with
Photoshop to make them look as if they were just one picture.
Then I used Java to create the panorama movie. This was very
time-consuming and hard work.
So, I researched how people are doing this and I ended up at
the web site www.panorama.dk. This site explains many different
ways to create Panorama pictures and movies.
First you need to understand the difference between a panora-
ma picture and a panorama movie. A panorama picture is a sin-
gle image in which you see the whole picture; a panorama
movie is a frame that you can turn around your view point that
virtually puts you into the middle of environment and gives you
a virtual experience in the scenery.
To create a panorama picture from several photos, you need a
stitching program. I use PTGUI. This cost me a bit less than
$100, and I think they have trial version. One advantage of using
a stitching program is that you get a picture that it is impossible
to take with a regular lens. For example, we took a group picture
at the AGM which could have been 6 segments with overlap,
that we would stitch together. This way, you would see the detail
of every face clearly.
To create a panorama picture, it is better to have a panorama
tripod head that will turn 360 degrees, always pivoting from the
tip of lens. This makes for less distortion and better alignment
than pivoting from the tripod screw on most cameras (which is
closer to the plane of the film than to the lens). I use a fisheye
lens: Nikon 10.5mm. This gives me almost 180 degrees field of
view in the horizontal direction, but I use the
camera vertically so that it covers 180
degrees from top to bottom. I take 6 shots,
30 degrees apart horizontally, and I take one
shot up and one shot down. Then use PTGUI
to stitch up the pictures. There are a couple
of plug-ins that will even make a better
result, called Smart Blend and Enblend.
(All this software is available from the
weblink in the second paragraph.)
Now, to turn a panorama picture into a
panorama movie, first you need to turn the
picture into cylindrical or cubic panoramas
that will give the virtual effect. I use
Pano2QTVR to create movies where you
can move the view by mouse. This set up for
a PC or Mac has minimum expense, and is a
very effective tool for your marketing since
not many people are doing yet.
Editors note: Dais panorama movie of John
Boyss building yard is available at the ILBA
website in the Members Only area. A log
home museum in Austria uses this for a virtual
tour of several of their buildings at
www.freilichtmuseum.com. To view a panora-
ma movie, your computer must have
Quicktime.
Panorama for Log Builders
By Dai Ona
Number 63 LogBuildingNews 17
Members Adopt Constitution, Bylaws, and Ethics Code at AGM
By Ed Shure
At our recent AGM in Abbotsford, ILBA members voted unani-
mously to adopt two special resolutions concerning amendments
to our Bylaws and Constitution; and also a third vote to adopt a
Code of Ethics.
The first amendment expands the Constitutional purposes of
our organization to include providing education about the busi-
ness of log building, and clarifies our role in creating log building
standards, and working on building codes and other such rules.
The second amendment allows for membership in the ILBA to
become a privilege rather than a right. With this change comes
new rules for becoming a member, the creation of a Code of
Ethics, and a fair system of discipline that we can implement
when there is a breach of that code.
Other changes to the Bylaws clean up the procedure for how
Minutes are adopted, and clarify definitions, including those
concerning the responsibilities of Board Directors and the
proceedings of meetings. All of these changes have been sent
to the BC Registrar for their review and final approval, and we
expect to hear back from them soon.
Some of the changes might seem so obvious that they dont
require mention, but under British Columbia non-profit laws, the
Association is not given many rights or powers unless they are
specifically spelled out in our Constitution and Bylaws. With
these new amendments, we will be able to better govern the
Association and, at the same time, limit our liability by operating
more closely within our stated purposes.
My sincere thanks go out to the entire Board (and especially
Rick Hall) for their commitment to seeing this project through,
and to the ILBA members for adopting these important improve-
ments.
We are publishing the entire Constitution, Byalws, and Code of
Ethics (all of them as amended by ILBA members at the
Abbotsford AGM) in this issue. In the next several issues of LBN
you will find articles which will help describe and clarify the rules
of conduct within our new Code of Ethics and how the system of
ethics enforcement works within the Bylaws.
International Log Builders Association
Constitution
1. The name of the Association is the International Log Builders Association.
2. The purposes of the Association are
(a) to organize and operate an association dedicated to the furtherance of and
excellence in the craft of log building,
(b) to provide educational services related to the craft of log building,
(c) to provide educational services related to the business of log building,
(d) to develop and disseminate educational materials related to the craft of log
building,
(e) to develop and disseminate materials related to the business of log building,
(f) to support log building research, scholarship and education, and
(g) to develop, publish and promote standards, codes and rules for handcrafted
log building by the association itself and in cooperation with other groups:
design, materials, performance, construction, and craftsmanship.
3. In the event of the dissolution or winding up of the society all of its remaining
assets after payment of liabilities shall be distributed to a recognized charitable
organization in Canada, recognized by Revenue Canada as being qualified as
such under the provisions of the Income Tax Act of Canada.
4. Clause 3 is unalterable.
5. The purposes will be carried out on an exclusively non-profit basis. This
provision is alterable.
6. The purposes of the Association shall be carried out without purpose of
monetary gain for its members, and any profits or other accretion to the
Association shall be used for promoting its purpose. This provision is alterable.
7. The Association shall have all powers necessary, desirable and incidental to fully
carry out its purposes, including but not limited to the power to acquire real or
personal property by grant, gift, demise, bequest or purchase and to hold,
lease, mortgage or dispose of such property as the purposes of the Association
require.
International Log Builders Association
Bylaws
Part 1- Interpretations
1.1 Definitions
(a) In these Bylaws, unless the context otherwise requires,
(i) Applicant means a person making application for membership in the
Association;
(ii) Association means the International Log Builders Association;
(iii) Auditor has the same meaning as defined by the Society Act;
(iv) Directors or Board means the board of Directors of the Association
for the time being;
(v) Disciplinary Meeting means a meeting of the Board to adjudicate any
disciplinary matter with respect to a member;
(vi) Ordinary resolution means
(a) a resolution passed in general meeting by the members by a simple
majority of votes cast in person;
(b) a resolution that has been submitted to members and consented to
in writing by 75% of the members who would have been entitled
to vote on it in person at a general meeting;
(c) when voting in writing, a resolution passed by a simple majority of
votes cast in respect to the resolution;
(vii) Registered Address means the members address as recorded in the
Associations register of members;
(viii)Registrar means the Registrar of Companies of the Province of British
Columbia;
(ix) Reported member means a member who is the subject of a report
pursuant to 2.8(b);
(x) Representative means an individual appointed by a company
member to qualify the company for membership and with authority to
act on its behalf;
(xi) Special resolution means
(a) a resolution passed in general meeting by a majority of not less
than 75% of the votes of those members who vote in person;
(b) when voting in writing, a resolution passed by at least 75% of the
votes cast in respect of the resolution;
(xii) Society Act means the Society Act of the Province of British Columbia
and all amendments to it;
(b) In addition to subparagraph (a), the definitions of the Society Act on the
date these Bylaws become effective apply to these Bylaws.
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1.2 Words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa; and words
importing a person include a company or corporation.
Part 2 Membership
2.1 The members of the Association are the persons who have been accepted for
membership by the Directors.
2.2 The types of membership are
(a) Individual membership;
(b) Company membership;
(c) Employee membership for qualified employees of member companies;
(d) Student membership for qualified full-time;
(e) Honorary membership for those who have made exceptional contribution
to the purposes of the Association.
(f) Lifetime members shall be honorary members.
2.3 A company member shall appoint a representative.
2.4 Application for membership:
(a) An Applicant for initial and renewal membership shall apply to the Directors
for membership in the Association in such manner as may be prescribed by
the Directors from time to time. Consideration for initial and renewal
membership shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
(i) Applicants application content including the written consent to abide
by the Associations Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics, and
(ii) Directors determination of the fitness of the Applicant to abide by the
Associations Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics, and
(iii) Payment in full of one years dues.
(b) The President or Secretary shall cause the Applicant to be advised in writing
of the Boards decision to accept or decline the application for membership
and, in the event membership is declined, the reasons therefore.
(c) An Applicant who is declined for membership pursuant to paragraph 2.4(b)
may submit a written request for a hearing before the board and the
President shall convene a meeting of the Board within sixty (60) days of
receipt of the request. The President or Secretary shall inform the Applicant
in writing of the Boards decision within thirty (30) days from the hearing
date.
2.5 Annual Dues
(a) The Directors may determine from time to time the amount of the annual
dues payable to the Association by members.
(b) Dues shall be payable annually and are due in the anniversary month of
joining the Association.
(c) Any member who ceases to be a member for any reason shall not be
entitled to any refund of dues paid.
2.6 A membership interest in the Association is not transferable and lapses and
ceases to exist:
(a) On the date of the Presidents or Secretarys receipt in writing of the
members resignation;
(b) Upon the date of the death of the member or, in the case of a company,
upon:
(i) The date of dissolution, or
(ii) The death of the companys representative provided that a replacement
representative is not nominated by the company within thirty (30) days
and approved by the Board.
(c) Sixty (60) days after the anniversary date of a members annual
membership when the renewal application and annual dues have not been
received from the member;
(d) On the date of the Directors denial of a renewal application for
membership;
(e) On the date of termination of membership pursuant to paragraph 2.8(f);
(f) On the date that is six (6) consecutive months after a members
membership status has become not in good standing.
2.7 A member of the Association shall be in good standing provided that the
member owes no outstanding membership dues or other debts to the
association for more than thirty (30) days;
2.8 Conduct and Discipline
(a) Every member shall uphold and comply with:
(i) The Constitution and Bylaws as established and amended from time to
time; and
(ii) A Code of Ethics as may be established and amended from time to time
by the members of the Association.
(b) The initiating of a disciplinary action shall be by a report in writing to the
President (or in the case of a conflict of interest, to the Vice-President) of a
members (the Reported members):
(i) Breach of the Constitution, Bylaws or Code of Ethics; and
(ii) Any other conduct that raises a substantial question as to the Reported
members fitness as a member of the Association.
(c) The President shall distribute a report received pursuant to paragraph 2.8(b)
among the Directors (but excluding any Director who is or may be
reasonably perceived to be in a conflict of interest) and the Directors shall:
(i) Dismiss the matter and take no further action; or
(ii) Refer the matter to a committee for further investigation and
recommendation; or
(iii) Convene a Disciplinary Meeting.
(d) The President or Secretary shall provide to the Reported member not less
than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Disciplinary Meeting:
(i) Written notice of the time, date, place (or manner) and purpose of the
Disciplinary Meeting;
(ii) Written particulars of the complaint against the Reported member; and
(iii) Copies of all documentation in the possession of the Association
relevant to the matter.
(e) A Reported member shall be required to attend at a Disciplinary Meeting in
person or by telephone if all Directors participating in the meeting, whether
in person or by telephone or other communications medium, are able to
communicate with each other. If a Reported member fails to attend the
Disciplinary Meeting after due notice, the Board may choose to reschedule
the meeting or proceed to hold the meeting without the attendance of the
Reported member if it is deemed by the Board that the failure of the
member to attend is solely for the purposes of delaying or frustrating the
attempts of the Board to hold the Disciplinary Meeting.
(f) At the conclusion of a Disciplinary Meeting and upon hearing from the
Reported member, if in attendance, and such other persons as the Board
may deem necessary, the board shall:
(i) Dismiss the matter;
(ii) Adjourn the matter on such terms as it deems appropriate; or
(iii) Impose disciplinary action including, but not limited to, a written
reprimand.
(g) A Disciplinary Meeting must be held in private. Any disciplinary action as
determined by the Board pursuant to these Bylaws shall be kept confidential
by the Board except for a public reprimand of a member. A public
reprimand may include whatever details the Directors deem appropriate,
including naming the member(s) being reprimanded, and which may be
published in a manner as the Directors deem appropriate to the
membership at large.
(h) A permanent record of all disciplinary matters (private and public) shall be
maintained by the Association, and may be used by the Board when
considering an application (initial or renewal) for membership.
Part 3 Meetings of Members
3.1 General meetings of the Association shall be:
(a) held in accordance with the Society Act, and
(b) at such time and place within in the Province of British Columbia, Canada,
or at a place outside British Columbia that the Registrar approves on
application by the Association.
3.2 Every general meeting, other than an annual general meeting, is an
extraordinary general meeting.
3.3 The Directors may, when they think necessary, convene an extraordinary
general meeting.
3.4 Notice
(a) Notice of a general meeting shall be given to the members in accordance
with the Society Act and part 11 of these Bylaws and specify the place, day
and hour of meeting and, in case of special business, the general nature of
that business.
(b) The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of
notice by, any of the members entitled to receive notice, does not invalidate
proceedings at that meeting.
3.5 An annual general meeting of the Association shall be held at least once in
every calendar year and not more than fifteen (15) months after holding of the
preceding annual general meeting.
3.6 Minutes of each annual general meeting of the membership shall be published
to the general membership in a medium approved by the Directors within
ninety (90) days after the annual general meeting. The exact content of the
minutes to be published shall be adopted by the Directors and approved by a
vote of the membership present at the next annual general meeting of the
membership.
Part 4 Proceedings at General Meetings
4.1 Special business is
(a) all business at an extraordinary general meeting except the adoption of
rules of order;
(b) all business transacted at an annual general meeting, except:
(i) the adoption of rules of order;
(ii) the consideration of the financial statements;
(iii) the report of the Directors;
(iv) the report of the Auditor, if any;
(v) the election of Directors;
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(vi) the other business that, under these Bylaws, ought to be transacted at
an annual general meeting, or business which is brought under
consideration by the report of the directors issued with the notice
convening the meeting.
4.2 Quorum
(a) A quorum for a general meeting is seven percent (7%) or more of the total
membership who are present and entitled to vote at the commencement of
the meeting.
(b) If within fifteen (15) minutes from the time appointed for a general meeting
a quorum is not present, the meeting must stand adjourned.
(c) If a sufficient number of members is present for a quorum as defined in
4.2(a) above at the beginning of the meeting, then a quorum is deemed to
exist throughout the meeting regardless of the number of members who
leave a meeting before adjournment.
4.3 The President of the Association, the Vice President or, in the absence of both,
one of the other Directors present, shall preside as chair of a general meeting. If
at a general meeting:
(a) there is no President, Vice-President or other Director present within fifteen
minutes (15) after the time appointed for holding the meeting, or
(b) the President, Vice-President or any other Director is unwilling to act as the
chair, then
(c) the members present shall choose one of their number to be the chair.
4.4 Conduct of business
(a) A resolution proposed at a meeting need not be seconded;
(b) The chair of a meeting may move or propose a resolution;
(c) In case of a tie vote, the chair shall not have a casting or second vote in
addition to the vote to which the chair may be entitled as a member and
the proposed resolution shall not pass.
4.5 Voting
(a) A member-in-good-standing present at a meeting of members is entitled to
one (1) vote.
(b) Voting is by show of hands unless a poll is requested by a member entitled
to vote.
(c) Unless a poll is requested, a declaration by the chair that a resolution has,
on the show of hands, been carried is conclusive evidence of the fact
without further proof of the number or proportion of votes recorded in
favour of or against a resolution;
(d) A poll, if demanded shall be taken in whatever manner the chair thinks
proper, and the result of the poll shall be deemed to be the resolution of the
meeting at which the poll was requested;
(e) A company member votes through its representative, who is entitled to
speak and vote, and in all other respects exercise the rights of a member,
and that representative shall be reckoned as a member for all purposes with
respect to a meeting of the Association.
(f) Voting by proxy is not permitted
4.6 Order of Business
(a) The order of business shall be as follows at all general meetings of the
Association and (as applicable) meetings of the Directors and committees:
(i) Call to order
(ii) election of the chairperson of the meeting, if necessary,
(iii) Verification of a quorum
(iv) Reading and approval of the directors adoption of the minutes of the
previous annual general meeting
(v) Receiving of communications
(vi) Report of Directors
(vii) Reports of Officers
(viii)Reports of committees
(ix) Unfinished business
(x) New business
(xi) Elections
(xii) Adjournment
(c) This order of business may be altered or suspended at any meeting by the
chair.
Part 5 Directors and Ofcers
5.1 Directors Power
(a) The Directors must, subject to the Society Act and these Bylaws, manage or
supervise the management of the business and affairs of the Association and
shall have the authority to exercise all such powers of the Association as are
not, by the Society Act or by these Bylaws required to be exercised by the
members of the Association.
5.2 The Directors
(a) The number of Directors of the Association shall be nine (9). No act or
proceeding of the Directors is invalid only by reason of there being less than
the prescribed number of Directors in office.
(b) Each Director, at the time of election:
(i) Shall be a member-in-good-standing (which must continue throughout
the term of office);
(ii) Must provide written consent to appointment as a director;
(iii) Be qualified to act as a Director of a company pursuant to the business
corporations act as amended from time to time.
(c) Three (3) directors shall be elected to three (3) year terms at each annual
election.
5.3 Election of Directors
(a) The President may appoint a Nominating Committee of three (3) members
whose duty it shall be to solicit candidates for Directors.
(b) At least three (3) months before the annual election, this committee shall
notify the Directors of its list of candidates.
(c) The list of candidates, as accepted or modified by the Directors, shall be
published in ballot form at least thirty (30) days prior to the election and
sent to the last recorded address of each member, together with notice of
the date of the election.
(d) Independent nominations for Director may also be made by any member-
in-good-standing, provided such nomination is submitted to the Secretary
at least sixty (60) days prior to the election. Independent nominations must
be endorsed by at least ten (10) members-in-good-standing.
(e) An election shall be held by a written ballot at least thirty (30) days prior to
the end of each calendar year.
(f) The Directors whose terms of office are complete shall retire from office at
the end of the calendar year.
(g) A Director shall be eligible for re-election if otherwise qualified.
(h) No Director may serve more than two (2) full consecutive terms.
(i) There shall always be at least one (1) Director who is a resident of the
Province of British Columbia.
5.5 Vacancies
(a) The Directors may at any time and from time to time appoint a member to
fill a vacancy in the Directors.
(b) A Director so appointed holds office only until the end of the term of office
for the Director whose seat was vacated. An appointed Director is eligible
for re-election.
5.6 Removal of Directors
(a) On the date a Director is determined to be no longer a member-in-good-
standing, that Directors office shall be declared vacant and the position
filled as stated in section 5.5 above.
(b) If a Director has been determined by the process described in these Bylaws
to have breached the Code of Ethics but not resulting in the loss of the
Directors membership-in-good-standing, then the Directors, by a two-
thirds (2/3) majority vote, may remove the Director from office, declare the
office vacant and fill the position as stated in section 5.5 above.
(c) If a Director, without reasonable cause as determined by a majority vote of
the Directors, is absent from three (3) or more Directors meetings in a
given year, the office shall be declared vacant and the position filled as
stated in section 5.5 above.
(d) A Director may be removed from office without cause by a special
resolution of the membership and another Director may be elected, or
appointed by ordinary resolution, to serve during the balance of the term.
5.7 No Director shall be remunerated for being or acting as a Director, but a
Director:
(a) May be reimbursed for all expenses necessary and reasonably incurred while
engaged in the affairs of the Association, and
(b) Who performs any professional or other services for the Association that, in
the opinion of the Directors, are outside the ordinary duties of a Director, or
if any Director is otherwise specially occupied in or about the Associations
business, he or she may be paid remuneration fixed by the Directors.
5.8 Each person who has been, now is or shall hereafter be a Director of the
Association shall be indemnified to the extent of the maximum amount
available from any insurance proceeds that may cover individual Director
liability provided by the Association and any additional amount provided from
the Association treasury fund as determined by the Directors and as permitted
by law against all reasonable expenses incurred in connection with any action,
suit, proceedings or the settlement or compromise thereof, or payment of any
judgment or fine resulting therefrom in which the Director may become
involved by reason of any action taken or omitted by that Director, provided
that such action was taken or omitted in good faith for the Association.
Part 6 Proceedings of Directors
6.1 Directors meetings
(a) The Directors may meet together to dispatch business, adjourn and
otherwise regulate their meetings and procedures as they see fit.
(i) No formal notice of meeting shall be necessary if all Directors are
present, or if those absent have signified their consent to the meeting
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being held in their absence.
(ii) A Directors meeting may also be held without notice immediately
following the annual general meeting of the Association.
(b) A Director may at any time, and the Secretary, upon the request of a
Director, shall, convene a meeting of the Directors. Written notice of such
meetings shall be delivered to each Director not less than five (5) days
before the meeting is to take place.
(c) Regular meetings
(i) The Directors may appoint a day, time, and method or place in any
month(s) for regular meetings.
(ii) No notice of such regular meetings need be sent.
(d) The Officers may meet together, dispatch business, adjourn and otherwise
regulate their meetings and proceedings as they see fit.
(e) A meeting of the Directors may be held in person, by telephone conference
call or by other communications technology. Directors who participate in a
meeting by telephone or other communications technology shall be
considered to have attended the meeting.
(f) Within thirty (30) days of each Directors meeting, the Secretary shall deliver
a proposed draft of the minutes of such meeting which shall be adopted or
amended and adopted at the next Directors meeting.
(g) Meetings of the Directors concerning ethics violations shall be closed to
members and the public except by invitation of the Directors.
6.2 Directors Meeting Procedures
(a) The quorum necessary to transact business shall be a majority of the
Directors then in office.
(b) The President shall be chair of all meetings of the directors. The Vice-
President shall act as chair in the Presidents absence. If neither is present,
the Directors present may choose one of their number to chair that
meeting.
6.3 Committees Appointments
(a) The Directors may delegate any, but not all, of their powers to committees
and others consisting of the Director(s) and members-in-good-standing
they think fit. Directors shall continue to oversee such delegated powers
and acts.
6.4 Committee Procedures
(a) A committee shall elect a chair of its meetings.
(b) The members of a committee may meet and adjourn as they think proper.
6.5 Voting
(a) Questions arising at a meeting of the Directors or a committee shall be
decided by a majority of votes, unless otherwise required by these Bylaws or
the Society Act.
(b) In case of an equality of votes, the chair does not have a second or casting
vote and the measure does not pass.
6.6 No resolution proposed at a meeting of Directors or committee of Directors
need be seconded and the chair of a meeting may move or propose a resolution.
6.7 A resolution in writing, signed by all the Directors and placed with the minutes
of the Directors is valid and effective as if regularly passed at a meeting of
Directors.
Part 7 Duties of Ofcers
7.1 The Directors shall annually appoint a President, Vice-President, Secretary and
Treasurer. The Directors may from time to time appoint such other officers as
the Directors determine.
7.2 The President
(a) The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the
Directors.
(b) The President is the chief executive officer of the Association serving under
the management of the Directors and shall supervise the other Officers and
staff in the execution of their duties.
7.3 The Vice-President shall carry out the duties of the President during the
Presidents absence.
7.4 The Secretary shall
(a) Manage or oversee the issuance of notices of meetings for both
membership meetings and Directors meetings and
(b) Manage or oversee the keeping of minutes of all such meetings and
(c) Perform such other duties as the President may delegate.
7.5 The Treasurer shall
(a) Manage or oversee the keeping of the financial records, including books of
account, necessary to comply with the Society Act;
(b) Manage or oversee the rendering of financial statements to Directors,
members and others required, but no financial statement shall be published
or circulated to anyone except a Director, employee or Officer unless it has
been first approved by the Directors and the approval is evidenced by the
signatures of two (2) Directors;
(c) Manage or oversee the receipt, deposit and disbursement of all funds of the
Association, except that no disbursements in an amount over a set limit set
by the Directors shall be made without authorization by the President and
Treasurer or at least two (2) Directors.
7.6 In the absence of the Secretary from a meeting, the directors shall appoint
another person to act as Secretary at that meeting.
7.7 Officers of the Association shall perform such duties as are prescribed by the
Bylaws and as may from time to time be prescribed by the Directors.
7.8 All Officers and employees shall be subject to removal from office or
employment by the Directors at any time with or without cause and with or
without notice to the person so removed.
Part 8 Executive Director(s)
8.1 The Directors may appoint a person or persons to serve as Executive Director of
the Association and, in connection therewith:
(a) Determine the functions and duties of the Executive Director;
(b) Entrust to and confer on the officer any of the powers exercisable by the
Executive Director on such terms and conditions and with such restrictions
as the Directors think fit;
(c) Revoke, withdraw, alter or vary all or any of the functions, duties and
powers of the Executive Director; and
(d) Determine compensation payable to the Executive Director.
Part 9 Borrowing
9.1 In order to carry out the purposes of the Association, the Directors may, on
behalf of and in the name of the Association, raise or secure the payment or
repayment of money in the manner they decide, and in particular but without
limiting the foregoing, by the issue of debentures.
9.2 No debenture shall be issued without the sanction of a special resolution.
9.3 The members may, by special resolution, restrict the borrowing powers of the
Directors, but a restriction imposed expires at the next annual general meeting.
Part 10 Auditor
10.1 The Association may resolve to have an Auditor.
10.2 At each annual general meeting, the Association my appoint an auditor to hold
office until the Auditor is reelected or there is a successor elected.
10.3 An Auditor may be removed by ordinary resolution.
10.4 An Auditor shall be promptly informed in writing of appointment or removal.
10.5 No Director and no employee of the Association shall be Auditor.
10.6 The Auditor may attend general meetings.
10.7 The Auditor
(a) has a right of access at all times to all documents and other property of the
Association; and
(b) may require from the Directors, Officers, members and employees of the
information and explanations that, in the Auditors opinion, are necessary
for the report.
Part 11 Notices
11.1 Unless the Society Act or these Bylaws provide otherwise, a notice, statement,
report or other record required or permitted by the Society Act or these Bylaws
to be sent by or to a person may be sent by any one of the following methods:
(a) Mail addressed to the person at the applicable address for that person as
follows:
(i) for a record mailed to a member, the members Registered Address;
(ii) for a record mailed to a Director or Officer, the prescribed address for
mailing shown for the Director or Officer in the records kept by the
association;
(iii) in any other case, the mailing address of the intended receipient;
(b) Delivery at the applicable address for that person as follows, addressed to
the person:
(i) for a record delivered to a member, the members Registered Address;
(ii) for a record delivered to a Director or Officer, the prescribed address for
delivery shown for the Director or Officer in the records kept by the
Association;
(iii) in any other case, the delivery address of the intended recipient;
(c) Sending the record by fax to the fax number provided by the intended
recipient for the sending of that record;
(d) Sending the record by e-mail to the e-mail address provided by the
intended recipient for the sending of that record; or
(e) Physical delivery to the intended recipient.
11.2 A record that is mailed to a person by ordinary mail to the applicable address
for that person referred to in paragraph 11.1(a) is deemed to be received by
the person to whom it was mailed on the seventh (7th) day following the date
of mailing.
11.3 Notice of a general meeting
(a) Notice of a general meeting shall be given to every member shown on the
register of members and auditor, if applicable, on the day notice is given.
(b) No other person is entitled to receive a notice of general meeting.
(c) Notice of a general meeting shall be given not less than fourteen (14) days
prior to a meeting.
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Part 12 Bylaws
12.1 On being admitted to membership, each member is entitled to receive a copy
of the Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics of the Association.
12.2 The Constitution and these Bylaws shall not be altered or added to except by
special resolution.
International Log Builders Association
Code Of Ethics
I. Introduction And Statement Of Association Values
Members of the International Log Builders Association (Association) are
dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity and
competence with members striving to maintain and advance their knowledge
of log building. Consistent with these values members agree to conduct their
professional affairs according to the following code of conduct:
II. Code Of Conduct
(a) Members shall embrace the spirit and letter of the law governing their
professional affairs.
(b) Members shall serve their clients competently and in a professional manner,
and shall exercise unprejudiced and unbiased judgment when rendering all
professional duties.
(c) Log Builder members shall not obtain log building business or attempt to
gain an advantage in their log building business by:
(i) statements made that are knowingly false with the intent to mislead, or
(ii) statements made that are unknowingly false that are made in reckless
disregard for the truth regardless of intent to mislead, or
(iii) use of implications not known by the member to be warranted by fact
or reasonable probability that are intended to mislead.
(d) Members shall avoid conduct detrimental to the integrity and dignity of the
craft and trade of log building, and shall not bring the good name and
integrity of the Association, its staff or directors into disrepute.
(e) Members shall respect the rights of other members and shall refrain from
making unsolicited disparaging comments about other members.
(f) In instances where comment or an opinion of a member has been solicited
about another members log building practices, then any disparaging
comment or opinion may only be made if the opinion is offered in an
objective, professional manner, uninfluenced by any personal motivation or
potential advantage or gain.
(g) No member who has been or now is a director will use the position or title
in the association on any letterhead, business card or advertising of their
business. Directors may use the title as part of a biographical statement
only.
(h) No director shall use their position or title to attempt to obtain log building
business or an advantage over another member.
(i) No director shall vote on any resolution before the board of directors who
have a personal financial interest in the outcome of the resolution.
(j) Members shall abide by the decisions of the directors in promoting and
enforcing this code of ethics.
III. Miscellaneous Provisions
(a) The Association shall not interfere with or become involved in disputes
between members and their employees, subcontractors, suppliers and
customers.
(b) This code of ethics may be amended only by the membership by special
resolution.
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Lead Timber Framer Two Dog Timberworks
is looking for an experienced TFer with at least 3
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Experienced full-scribe log builder
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The Log Connection is currently seeking
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Log Craftsmen Needed for Scott Hay
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It was great meeting all of you at the ILBA
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Ed Shure and Architect Paul Froncek
have teamed up to provide you and your clients
with beautiful designs that begin with a structural
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Please contact Robert at 612-804-2300 or
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EVENTS & TRAI NI NG
2007
The Great Lakes LogCrafters
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classes, and Friday/Saturday are the main GLLCA
meeting days. There might be pre-pre-conference
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Robert W. Chambers will teach two courses
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President
Ed Shure UNTIL 2009
ed@timmerhusinc.com
Vice-President
Pat Clark UNTIL 2007
pclark@aboutmontana.net
Clerk/Secretary
Ron Brodigan UNTIL 2009
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Treasurer
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Robert W. Chambers (Log Building News*)
UNTIL 2007
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Rick Hall (Ethics*) UNTIL 2009
rickhall@conveyists.com
Kevin Maynard
kevin@openhearth.us
Jean Rodrigue UNTIL 2008
rodrigue500@sympatico.ca
ILBA Board of Directors
(Committees in parentheses; * indicates chair)
I N OUR NEXT I S S UE
26 LogBuildingNews May | June | July 2007
Coming up in Log Building News 64
Insight into Bylaws and Ethics
Makita Groove Cutter
Who Buys Log Homes? & Why We Must Care!
More Tech Talk
(contribute your ideas and photos today)
SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLES TODAY WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
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BC Log & Timber Industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
CBR Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Cowls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Curio Scriber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Dietrichs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Emseal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Foard Insulated Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Good Shepherd Wool Insulation . . . . . . . . . . . 25
GRK Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Insulspan Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
J. Rouleau & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Joe Scaffold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Lignomat USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Log Home Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Nicola Log Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
P.A. Drafting & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Pat Wolfe Log Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Perma-Chink Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Pfanner Tough Gear Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Precision Structural Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . 23
RCM Cad Design & Drafting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
RSM Drafting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Sashco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Schroeder Log Home Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Streamline Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Summer Beam Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
The Continental Products Company . . . . . . 7/16
The Sansin Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Timber Framers Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Timmerhus Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Wayside Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25