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I am hoping to move to my new piece of property in the spring. I am hoping to have a small part of my home built before winter hits so that I don't have to get an apartment while I build. My issue is that I want to build my home with trees off of the property. Can I cut trees and build with them without seasoning them? I want to build a Mike Oehler/PSP style home. I have yet to find any information on the topic and I have been looking everywhere. Any good book suggestions that may have some info? Anything will help, thanks.
 
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Sarah Houlihan : At the start off WW11 The Army erected over 500 new barracks on Fort Drum ( then pine camp) they were made with Georgia Pine, so new and sticky with pitch
that gloves had to be thrown away at the end of the day, and were built thru the winters of 1940 and 1941.

50 years later they were torn down for reasons of politics ! So, Yes it can be done, but I would not recommend it for a 1st building project, a travel trailer that you can
sell in a year, or convert to a shed, or a flat bed lite construction trailer will probably serve you better ! Hope this helps a little ! A. L.

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Allen raises a good point but much will depend on the type of wood you have on your land. I will be building with a mostly oak and have read and been told that many oak builders use green wood to build with.

This article is several decades old but contains some very good information about building with green wood.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/green-wood-zmaz76mjztak.aspx#axzz2fwK1G5ya
 
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Thanks for the help!
 
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perhaps you would want to build a simple structure to live on temporarily. the mobile home was suggested, but if you don't want to buy something extra or want to be a little more rustic, there are other options out there. hogans (pawnee, navajo, apache), koshians, barabara,. They all could be adapted to different sorts of heating. it all depends on what kind of a person you are and the sorts of accommodations you are wanting. or even just timber framing something you can live in for a little, while your long term structure is seasoning. it could give you a little practice.
 
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