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ILBA 46th Annual Conference & Pre-Conference Log Building Workshops

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Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd

Nashville, TN 37228

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ILBA 46th ANNUAL CONFERENCE - March. 12th - 15th, 2020 Nashville, Tennessee, USA

First ILBA conference in Music City, USA opens up a unique chapter of log building history in North America. Join log builders, massive wood artisans, and suppliers from around the world in this one of kind destination location! This will be a FULL 3 DAY conference wtih Programs happening from Thursday morning, the 12th through late Sunday afternoon, the 15th.

Share, Learn, Discuss all aspects of the Log Building Industry


  • Learn about new Techniques, Tools, Fasteners, Finishing, Methods, Preservation, and much more!

  • Take part in the Sponsor & Trade Show Exhibition, Auction, Tours, Log Builders' Games.

  • MEET AND GREET Reception on Thursday evening at the Millennium Maxwell House

  • Hands-on Workshops taught by Industry Experts

  • Contribute to the revision of the Effective Practices & Methods Manual

  • ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Sunday morning, guide the future direction of the ILBA

  • Explore Nashville with pre-arranged group tours on Sunday Afternoon

Registration Early Bird Discount for Members through December 31, 2019. Register today!


To learn more about Sponsor and Exhibit Opportunities, visit our website at


The conference proceedings, along with our Trade Show and Sponsor Exhibition, will be held at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. This beautiful hotel is located only a few miles from Honky Tonk Row in downtown Nashville -

Conference Attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

Click here to reserve at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

Guests may call the hotel toll free at (800) 457-4460 Monday through Friday 7am – 7pm.

Use ILBA GROUP CODE - 2003ILBA20 - TO OBTAIN A DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE BEFORE February 17th, 2020. After February 17th, room rates will rise significantly.

The $139 USD room rate applies for single as well as shared rooms and are subject to state and local taxes. All rooms include complimentary internet, self-parking, downtown shuttle, and use of fitness center. If you are coming early or staying later, discounted room rates may apply. Inquire at time of making reservations.

ILBA Members receive Conference Registration Discount

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Preceding the main conference, the ILBA will gain be offering Hands-on Workshops taught by ILBA members, experts with decades of experience. Participants will learn advanced skills in specific aspects of the industry.


March 9-11

$350 USD

Instructors: David Rogers and Doug Reed

At this full three day workshop we will be re-assembling and working on a hewn half-dovetail log structure known as the “Chestnut Bluff Cabin” built in the 1800’s and salvaged for re-use.

We will be utilizing scoring axes, broad axes, adzes, chisels and other hand tools to repair/replace ‘in-kind’ the damaged and missing portions of this historic cabin. New Plate logs and Tie beams will be hewn and fitted. New Rafters will be ‘paired’ and ‘seated’ to the Plate logs. Other traditional joinery including wedged scarf joints will be incorporated into the work.

‘Historic Preservation Standards and Guidelines’ will be extensively referred to, which we hope will initiate many conversations and begin a deeper appreciation for these heritage structures.

David Rogers

After attending the B. Allan Mackie School of Log Building in 1983, David began working for Log home building companies. In the early 1990’s, he became fascinated with Historic Preservation of Log Buildings. Since then, David has contracted with Federal, State, County, and City Parks in an effort to preserve the old log structures. Many private clients have utilized his services to repair and rehabilitate their properties. Teaching the ‘old ways’ to the interested next generation is the purpose of this workshop.

Doug Reed

In 1972, Doug began his work as a Housewright, repairing and restoring traditional log houses. By 1977, he had expanded into a full range of services, including National Register nominations, preservation consulting, condition assessments and preparing Historic Structure reports. Doug has 47 years of experience as an Architectural historian, craftsman, and technical consultant. He has taught at the Chautauqua Institute, Universities and several European locations.


March 9-11

$350 USD

Instructors: Matt Davidson and Higgs Murphy

Dovetail log construction is a method of building log homes that goes back hundreds of years. At this workshop you will learn:

  • The math behind the compound dovetail, and why we select the logs we do.

  • To set up a log and scribe perfect dovetails in 7 minutes that fit the first time.

  • Cutting techniques with chainsaw, axe, and slick

  • Adzing

  • Two additional methods, including the use of jigs.

Matt Davidson

After working as a cabinet maker and carpenter, Matt and his wife, Alison, built his first log home in 1994. He worked internationally under veteran handcrafters until 2000 when Matt and wife Alison started Davidson Log & Timber Artisans, known for their own particular style, a full scribe dovetail wall system. 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.

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 instructed 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 US, Scandinavia, UK, and western EU. A Craftsman in every sense of the word, Higgs passionately enjoys building, sharing his knowledge, building jigs, and always looking for the next laugh.


March 12 (10 am – 3 pm)

$89 USD

$45 USD (Students and ILBA Members)

Instructor: Doug Reed

Five-hour, two session Workshop with catered lunch. The workshop will be a two-part analysis and interpretation of both the exterior and interior of the Buchanan House, a two-story log manor, originating in 1807. The first will consist of a narrated walking tour to identify the appearance at different periods of time in its history and to pinpoint, if possible, the highest period of development achievement. The second part will be a sit-down two-hour discussion on how to achieve the best interpretation for the two houses. The two sessions will be offered at an introductory to moderate experience level with the following stated goals:

  • At the end of the analysis session, participants will understand an effective way to unravel the different construction periods that have been identified.

  • During the analysis review, the overall condition of the buildings will be addressed.

  • The goal of the afternoon session will be how to select the period best suited to an accurate interpretation for each house.

Doug Reed

Doug has spent nearly 50 years working, studying, restoring and consulting on historic log (brick, stone and timber frame) structures all over Europe, Canada and the United States. Doug has written dozens of historic structure reports on historic structures. In 1999, as a Consultant to the Andrew Jackson Foundation, he proved President Jackson did indeed inhabit what remains of the west cabin, known as the first Hermitage, a two-story house during their time of residence. Doug has few peers who can match his knowledge and experience in nearly all aspects of the historic American log house and cabin.


All Conference Tickets are refundable 30 days prior to the date of the event, subject to a $50.00 CAD Administrative Fee.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Jennifer Saunders, Business Administration at 705.619. ILBA (4522) or

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