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A Hands-on Course in New Zealand


Wanaka, New Zealand   

February 19 to March 16   --   2018 

This is a first notice for a  4-week hands-on course in handcrafted log home construction.

You will be learning from Robert Chambers, and working side-by-side with Robert.

Class size is strictly limited to 12 people maximum to give you the best attention.  Robert's courses usually fill, so be quick to get your spot!  


Additional information will be posted here as it become available. 

Registration is now open for this course. You can register here, on this webstore, by paying the deposit above.


The four-week course tuition is USD $2300.  

The deposit is $1000.

The balance of $1300 will be due by or before January 5th.


If Robert cancels the Course (Robert has not canceled a Course in 25 years), then your deposit is refunded to you in FULL.

If you cancel, then your $1000 deposit is refunded to you ONLY if another student registers to take your place. In other words, if the Course fills (12 students), then you get a refund if you have to cancel.


If you want to pay your deposit by direct credit to a NZ bank account, please let me know and we will arrange that for you. Payment from this page is possible only by credit card or by PayPal.


No previous construction experience is required. No previous chainsaw experience is required. You should expect to do physical work. There will be a few classroom sessions, but almost all our work days are spent outside scribing and fitting logs, and using hand tools and power tools. We will build a small log cabin shell — like the cabins seen in these photos.


Safety gear (cutting chaps, eye and ear protection, steel-toe boots) are required. Chainsaws will be available locally for you to rent. 


We will work together Monday through Friday each week (we have Saturdays and Sundays off). 

 Note that this is summer in New Zealand,  and summer weather in Wanaka is usually really great.  As you can see from the photo, Wanaka is on a large lake in the Southern Alps mountains. Wine vineyards and olive groves to the east, and the lake & wilderness to the west. Lots of great outdoor recreation opportunities. Wanaka is a tourist mecca (but a SMALL one) -- fabulous hiking, fishing, mountain-biking, swimming, boating, and more.

If you are flying, then you will land either at Queenstown (1.5 hour drive to Wanaka, Queenstown is ZQN airport code) or you will land at Christchurch (4.5 hours drive --  airport code CHC ). There are coach and van services, and you can book a seat to get you to Wanaka from either of these airports. You cannot fly directly to Wanaka.

If arriving from overseas you can attend this Course with a tourist/holiday visa for New Zealand. You do NOT need a student visa or a work visa to attend. More visa information is available from Robert.


Our Hosts (Tim and Claire) will find a large house where you can share the rent and be roommates with other log construction students. Or you can find your own accommodation—in Wanaka there is one hostel, many motels, and hundreds of rental homes.

Camping is allowed in Wanaka only at one of the 3 established campgrounds/motor camps. One of these is in town. Another is close by (2 km walk from the town center). The farthest campground is about 4 kilometers from our worksite. Sorry, but there is no "freedom" camping allowed in or near Wanaka (this means no tenting on the lakeshore, or anywhere else).

Robert supplies great lunch makings for everyone on all works days. You are responsible for all your other meals.


Additional information will be posted here as it become available. 

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