"The family that builds a log house knows their home as a work of art." -- B. Allan Mackie
Bernard Allan Mackie was born in 1925. Since 1971, he has become one of B.C.'s bestselling but least publicized authors. His Building With Logs (1971) had nine printing in its first nine years, plus he and his partner Mary Mackie have published Log House Plans, Notches of all Kinds, The Picture Book of Log Homes and other log building-related titles from their Log House Publishing. He has operated a registered trade school for log building near Prince George called the B. Allan Mackie School of Log Building. Mackie has also been creating a series of 16 mm documentaries of log construction.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS FROM LOG HOUSE PUBLISHING
Building with Logs
Notches of all Kinds
Log House Plans
Log Span Tables
Open Timber Roofs of the Middle Ages
The Canadian Log House
Mackie School of Log Building Newsletter
Building With Logs (Log House)
Written by Allan Mackie, who has operated a log building school in Prince George for fourteen years, Building With Logs (Log House $16) has become one of B.C.'s most popular books since it was self-published in 1971. It has now entered its 8th printing and has, according to the publishers, sold approximately 150,000 copies. Its success has led to the formation of a husband-and-wife company that is operated from Prince George and Pender Island. "That book is really the mainstay of our efforts," says Log House's Mary Mackie, "With most other publishers it would have been long gone into the remainder bin. But because we're a specialty company, it keeps going. " Log House is also reprinting Log House Plans ($16), a companion volume which has sold approximately 30,000 copies since 1974. The company has never advertised and is almost never recognized by the North American media.
[BCBW Summer 1988]