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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEA curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Roundwood Working.

It might seem like you’re just making a toy for children, but there’s a method to the madness here. Firstly, you are making sure all of the ‘logs’ are even in size. Second, you are making sure to do very precise notching on the logs. When scaled up, this allows for a better understanding of the building of much larger log structures. It’s easier to correct the essentials when working in this small form than it is when you are halfway done with a log shed that you notice is leaning to the left and a little shaking on the Southern corner. Obviously this means the cuts are not the same as traditional Lincoln logs, so there’s no video tutorial to help out here.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Must use a minimum of 24 roughly similar sized sticks of finger to thumb thickness.
All bark must be removed.
Notches must be carved, but you may choose the variety. Unlike traditional Lincoln logs, these notches should correlate with notches that would be used on a large log structure.
Manual hand tools only.

To document and become certified for this BB provide photos or video (less than 2 minutes) showing the following:
- Show the sticks prior to carving and debarking along with the tools you will use
- Show the sticks, debarked
- Show a close-up of the notch method you selected
- Show the finished set, stacked into a 4-wall layout
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