One of the best things about my job is that I really do feel like I learn something new every day. Whether it's new information from a source I'm interviewing, checking out a creative use of materials in a home feature spread or talking to log-home owners like you, I never cease to gain knowledge on the topic of log homes. What's even better, though, is when I get to see them in action.
After compiling information for a piece on reclaimed materials (Log Home Living, January 2010), I had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to take a trip to Lexington, North Carolina, to check out a reclaimed project in the making. Butch Phillips, owner of a local log-home company, had been given the opportunity resurrect an 1808 log cabin that had originated on a plantation in town. But this wasn't just any log cabin; the year after it was originally built, its creator erected another cabin that has since be restored as home to Bob Timberlake's studio.
Not only did I get to tour Bob's studio (which is an enlightenment on reclaimed materials if there ever was one. The studio will actually be open to the public Dec. 4-6 through the Lexington Charity League. Those located in or around the Lexington area should definitely check out, if you get a chance), but I also got to see the beginnings of Butch's vision for a similar structure. In between checking out the logs he will be using and visiting the new location for the cabin, which currently houses several older structures he plans to incorporate into the landscape as well, he also filled me on the myriad steps he's had to take before even breaking ground, from finding the right setting for this authentic structure to getting plans approved.
To help break down the process for others who may be considering such a project, Butch has begun a diary
, starting with obtaining the materials and ending in what will likely a spectacular restoration. I hope you find his story as interesting and informative as I do.