Log Homes – Building Process

How we build our log homes

Unloading Logs

Finished Log Ready to be Placed on Building

Finished Log Ready to be Placed on Building

Logs are hand selected with consideration to size and appearance, and generally average 15″ to 20″ butt diameter with a 10″ to 12″ topsize. Log lengths can reach to 55′-0″. Smaller sizes are also available for traditional cabin design.

Once selected, all logs are clean peeled by hand. All outer bark is removed, as well as any trace of the inner cambium layer that exists in the inner depressions of the log.

hand chiseling a notch

Hand Chiseling a Notch

Chiseling the Lateral Groove

Chiseling the Lateral Groove

Scribing the Rough Notch

Scribing the Rough Notch

Logs are then placed in the hands of an experienced Log Builder, who carefully selects each individual log for its own unique application to each home. The correct cut is determined, then full length scribed. Scribing is the process where the contours of the bottom log are duplicated to the underside of the log above.

Hand chiseling a log

Hand chiseling a log

Once full length scribed, the log is removed from the building and the rough cut is made by chainsaw. The log is hand-chiseled to exact tolerances and insulated in the notches and lateral grooves. Logs act as insulators themselves and, with the addition of insulation, form an integral part of a home that is extremely energy efficient.

Once the log shell is completed, all log ends are curled, sanded and chamfered. Window and door openings are cut to size. All openings and archways are then sanded to a smooth finish.

All log roof purlins, floor joists and beams, once engineered, are supplied beyond the minimum standard. Log railing with posts and custom-designed tennon and mortice log stairways are included in our Log Package price.

Log Cut and Ready to be Insulated

Log Cut and Ready to be Insulated

Re-Assembly of Roof Structure

Re-Assembly of Roof Structure

Re-Assembly in Progress

Re-Assembly in Progress

Prior to disassembly for shipping, all logs are tagged and numbered for easy re-assembly on your foundation.

A Canada Wood Fibre Corp. representative will be on site to assist you in the re-assembly of your Handcrafted Log Package.

Book

Although there is very little information available specifically pertaining to handcrafted log homes, there is one good book that covers many aspects of the building process.
Log Construction Manual - Buy this book from Amazon.com