You are more than welcome to attend the San Diego University! The goal of the University is to help educate on the entire process of building a log or timber home so you don't have to be ready to build right at this moment.
Tamarack is a local name for western larch ( larix occidentalis). I suppose your land is in central to Eastern Washington which can't be far from me. My yard is about 3 miles North of the US/Canada border.
Two concerns with larch. One is that it shrinks and moves a lot while drying. If its not number 1 in that category it is near the top of the list for softwoods. It must be closely related to the European larch because Hermann Phelps describes in his book how log builders traditionally let larch logs season for 3 years before building with them. He even had some photos of houses that were rushed and showed how the corners had opened up. His book was published in the 1940's and the examples often are back in the 1800's.
The other thing that larch will do is weep pitch. I used a couple of larch purlins in the first log house I built. The second winter one of them started to drip. Right in the middle of the living room and for about 6 weeks. I used larch again in walls about 10 years after that and had similar result where where a year or more later a log would just start leaking pitch.
hey tim thanks for the reply im not too picky i think i could easily choose a floorplan that is already in place and that would keep costs down correct?And if so you say approx. your handcrafted homes run around 50.00 a sq. ft.? That to me seems very reasonable do you have any info you could send me? thanks tim! rich.
Richard, IF the Tamarack Logs are straight enough and big enough, I would definitely use them.......afterall, they are free. Our current pricing is averaging $50/sq/ft for log and timber works. Design is the most important factor when costing a log home.....eg. 1200 square feet can be a simple 30' X 40' rectangle but once you add jogs and interior logwork the pricing goes way up.
Richard, Thanks for the compliments......Freight to Washington State from here is about 6k/load......IF I were building a home in Washington State with native logs, I would use cedar or fir and not bother with the tamarack.