The images and text below give a good overview of how we hand-carve
our log homes.
Primarily winter-harvested hand-peeled 12-14" Englemann
Spruce logs ready for building. Our house logs are chosen for their
light color, straight grain, and minimal taper. Each log is fully
peeled to remove bark and the cambium layer.
After the proper cut is determined, the saddle notch
is cut with a chainsaw. The logsmith will cut within a 1/8" of the
pencil line with the saw.
The logsmith finishes the saddle notch with a hand chisel
to ensure a tight fitting connection. This method is quite time consuming,
but well worth the extra effort to create a high quality log home.
This is the first complete saddle notch beginning the
bottom of the log home. Note the tight joinery with virtually no
airspace between the logs. With proper building techniques and care
in finishing the log package into a home, the logs will stay as tight
as the day they are delivered.
This photo shows a custom log home about half completed
in the logyard.
Many of our customers choose a log floor joist system
for their homes. Log tie-beams, single log floor joists and log posts
are engineered to carry the loft and in many cases the roof supports
Completed log package ready for numbering, disassembly,
and delivery to customer's homesites.