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Jon Dowell
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  • Gibsonville, NC
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JD is a carpenter building log homes in NC and VA. Traditional woodworking, hand peeled red cedar log post and trim are my trademark. Every log home I finish is unique.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
in the process
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
Within 12 months

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Greensboro Log and Timber Frame Show Nov. 5 - 7

Honest Abe Log Homes will have a booth at the Log Home and Timber Frame Show in Greensboro, NC November 5th, 6th, 7th. Jack Hutslar and Jon Dowell will be there all 3 days to answer you Log Home questions. Bring you sketches,plans, and have your question ready, Get it straight from the Log Supplier and Log Craftsmen. Not all builders are woodworkers, Not all Builders are Dealers. JD is hands on every house he builds. Our woodwork is beyond the cookie cuter log kits, we custom… Continue

Posted on October 29, 2010 at 10:51am

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At 11:12am on October 2, 2009, Ted said…
Thanks for getting in touch with me Jon. It is very much appreciated.
Let me give you a bit of background so you better understand my situation at this time. I originally designed a log home of about 2000 square feet (not counting the under house basement). Unfortunately, my house sale fell apart here in Sarasota, FL and the money for the house that I truly wanted went out the window. I am now redesigning the house to have a much smaller footprint (approximately 1700 square feet). This house too will have a full basement but will not have a second story loft area as did my original design.

I'm a carpenter and will be doing much of the inside finishing and sub contracting so what I will need from my builder is to provide the following;
Excavate, install the septic system, have the well drilled, pour the foundation (or use block or other precast system ... depending on cost), put up the building including doors and windows, close in the roof, build the interior partitions, back fill and grade as necessary.

I still have not completed the new plans but can get them to you should you be interested in talking more. They should be completed in about two weeks or earlier if I have time to sit down and draw. Detailed specs would be included.

By the way, since construction cost is such a key factor in building my house I will be looking at different exterior finish methods to come in on budget. For example, the house could be full log up to the roof line and siding the rest of the way or the entire house could be sided with heavy log siding or I would consider cedar shakes or even clapboard.

I hope I haven't overwhelmed you. If you want, you can reach me at 941-379-0545 (after 6PM) or by email,

I realize that this writing is far from complete. As it does not cover what I plan to contribute to the project, which is quite extensive. As I said, I would send to you a set of drawings as well as a fairly complete set of specs.

Can you tell me a bit more about yourself? How long in business? How close are you to Waynesville? From your web site it looks like you specialize in larger homes, would mine be too small for you? Do you have any examples of houses that you built in the Waynesville area?

At 5:14pm on July 14, 2009, Josh Beasley said…

Great to get connected. Looks like you're very active on here, which is great. Trying to get caught up a little. Started out on it then just let it slip. If you visit our website, you'll see I've created a Facebook page, Twitter account and just started "Abe's Log Blog". Would love to have you as a connection on those.

Have a great day.

Josh Beasley
At 9:41pm on July 11, 2009, Lesa said…
Thanks JD, we still have not gotten around to this...we also have a farm and hay season has had us pretty busy. Hopefully we will get back on the house soon. I will keep your number nad if we need any help, I wil call you. Again... Thanks

At 2:56pm on July 3, 2009, Scotty said…
We broke ground last week and installed the basement walls from Superior this week. I am the GC for the house. So far things are going well. We have a really good log stacker and framer and our other subs all have experience with log homes as well.
At 4:46pm on May 17, 2009, calvin purnell said…
thanks for the information,
if we can work something out with the deposit and you can provide the same
house, i am very much interested, i talked with dave wilber at amerlinl last month, now he says they will start back delivering houses around mid june,
i hope he is talking about this year, you can call him at 800-575-5647 to see what there plans are, right now what i want is a legitimate log home like i was promised.
thanks again
At 2:44pm on May 5, 2009, Donald Parsons said…
Jon:Will do. Graham has probably forgot more about building log homes than we'll ever know. His customers as well as the other contractors that he provides technical assistance for really enjoy his company and his knowledge. We can all learn a little something from Graham - he is a real asset to Appalachian Log Structures. Good luck with your future build projects. Cheers - Donald
At 7:26am on February 25, 2009, Greg SWEETS said…

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