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As part of my job as editor of Log Home Living, I've been lucky enough to travel across North America and step inside scores of log homes of all sizes. Truth is, each one was memorable and had an impact on me.

Why don't I feel that way about most conventional homes I visit?

About a year ago, I wrote about the passing of my old golden retriever and how dogs make a home, even new pooches who insist that the castle is theirs.

But there has to be something more, right? Why do homes crafted from wood---whether they're full log or not, or even hybrid with posts and beams----stir something in us?

What is it? Why are log homes different? Why do they tell family stories and histories better than others?

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear what it is about log homes that (gulp) make them seem like they have souls of their own...

Bring it on.

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Comment by Michael McCarthy on February 7, 2009 at 3:00pm
Nice comments, LaShaun. I definitely think families and log homes are tied together in a significant way. Enjoy your weekend!
Comment by LaShaun on February 7, 2009 at 12:02pm
I don't own a Cabin "YET" but my faith in having one in the near future is so strong...at times I can smell the logs cut for it. When you think of living in something that started from a seed, it can blow the mind. And yet! some how God new, that seed would grow to be shelter for me...a source of peace for me...a place that will embody memories made by my family. The WORD of God says that from dirt Man was created, seeds that produce Logs grow in dirt. Some how that tells be our Souls are Linked. Maybe that why we feel at peace in a Log Home...
Comment by Michael McCarthy on February 7, 2009 at 12:19am
Wonderful comments! It's obvious that log home impact us to our marrow. Please keep them coming, folks. Inspiration abounds.

My favorite snippets:

Glenn: "Now if only I could build my soul mate right now..."

Kelly: "A log home speaks to you."

Marsha: "I'll lay my hands on the wall and ask, 'Do you hear me? I've come home.' "

Rita: "...I am reminded that each of those logs has a story of it's own. It took many years of sun, rain, wind, fire and snow to make each of them what they are today. And now, they lend themselves to me. I am their keeper."



Shelley: "a 'beacon' of light in the dark beckoning you to come in and sit a spell; letting you know everything's going to be ok."
Comment by Rita Hickey on February 6, 2009 at 11:03pm
When I look at all the logs of my home, I am reminded that each of those logs has a story of it's own. It took many years of sun, rain, wind, fire and snow to make each of them what they are today. And now, they lend themselves to me. I am their keeper. That is why I call log home maintainence a labor of love. Because that is exactly what it is. Back in the day, there was a line from a song "Huggin' a tree when you get near it", well, I still do!
Comment by Kelly on February 6, 2009 at 10:02pm
Hi Marsha,

That was a excellent saying at the end!

Kelly
Comment by Marsha Raymond (Ponies) on February 6, 2009 at 9:44pm
Do log homes have souls? Well, I guess they "wood"!

I wonder why so many people automatically say your log "cabin"... doesn't matter what the size of the footprint. I always say, log home though and can feel it around me like an old NDN blanket. There isn't even a skeleton yet, just the base long and lonely and piles of "sticks" waiting for their time to lay cross ways on each other and snuggle up around my shoulders. This spring when my husband and I walk in that door, with our friends in the yard and boxes in the truck, waiting for us to take our first way through alone before opening the doors and windows to the sunny haze of eastern Tennessee, I'll lay my hands on the wall and ask, "Do you hear me? I've come home."
Comment by Kelly on February 6, 2009 at 9:30pm
There is nothing like the beauty of the wood, the smell of wood, and the feel of wood.
And the warmth of a log home has a character of it's own.
A log home speaks to you. You feel peaceful in a log home.
And the surroundings outside of a log home is breathless.
You know that old saying a picture is worth a 1,000 words!
That is what the picture above is saying.

Kelly
Comment by Terry & Shelley S on February 6, 2009 at 9:18pm
There's an almost unexplicable sense of peace about seeing or thinking of a log home. Just looking at the picture on this blog gives me a sense of security and comfort. It's like a 'beacon' of light in the dark beckoning you to come in and sit a spell; letting you know everything's going to be ok. My fear would be......I'd never want to leave.
Comment by Glenn V on February 6, 2009 at 8:17pm
What a great way to think of log homes. Stick built houses for most people are hectic and fast paced like most of our lives. Go to work, come home, take the trash out, mow the lawn, lot of electronics, clean the house, etc. When I think of log homes ( notice it is never a log house ), you think of relaxing by a fire, reading a great novel, gazing at stars or deer. It seems almost improper to place a tv in one. They remind me of a slower pace, to relax. Wood is warm to the touch while drywall is cold to touch. So for me, yes they do have souls, a presence of welcome come on in. Now if only I could build my soul mate right now.....

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