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June 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Paleobotany - How old is an old tree?

In the summer of 1968 I was working for the U.S. Forest Service in southeast Alaska, cruising potential timber sales. During these trips to the various islands, I came across active logging sites with the proliferation of freshly cut stumps. The growth rings on these stumps made me wonder just how old these “old growth” forests were.

Growth Rings in Living Trees

Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock

In the spring of 1968 I had been on a forestry field… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on June 22, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

When landscaping your new log home, deer proof plants are not your only concern!

We recently did some landscaping around our new log home. We spent hours talking to the local garden center about just the right shrubs and trees to plant that would not be devoured by the large local deer population. So we got our plants and did our landscaping. Everything looked great for about two weeks. This is what I saw on Saturday morning leading up to our six foot blue spruce tree.

This is what my blue spruce looks like… Continue

Added by BOB HUNTER on June 16, 2009 at 10:18am — 5 Comments

8 sided log cabin

Anyone ever built an 8 sided log cabin from their trees on their property? I am going to begin building one next month and will be using my new Norwood2000 bandsaw sawmill to cut the bottoms and tops for the logs to lay flush against each other. The only problem I can forsee is building the roof with long over hanging eaves as I want to take advantage of the warmth of the sun from my windows. I decided on 4 foot overhangs,but wonder if I am right by… Continue

Added by Kathie Wood on June 15, 2009 at 2:32pm — 17 Comments


Moved into an existing log home 2 years old that was set in a cleared field. It is a virtual empty canvas. I need help for landscaping. There is a circle drive in front of garage that former owner has native plants but it was totally consumed with dandelions. I sprayed for their demise, therefore also doing away with all broadleafs but all grasses are still intact. Now what??? Please give me some suggestions. The loghouse has 920 sq ft of decking wrapping around 3 sides so need suggestions for… Continue

Added by LaVonne Amundson on June 14, 2009 at 9:56am — No Comments

One Couple's Journey to Build a Legacy Home

Many of us love hearing the "story behind the home." Here is a great one by PrecisionCraft Log Homes that I thought I would share...

"Kelly and Marie didn’t have a favorite floor plan when they found the perfect build location amidst the Boise National Forest. In fact, they weren’t even set on building a custom timber frame home. After some searching, Kelly and Marie thought they had found the right home for them. Knowing their heart’s… Continue

Added by PrecisionCraft on June 12, 2009 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Announcing the Hearthstone Eye on Design Giveaway

Don't miss your chance to win a free log home design from one of North America's top producers of log homes.

Enter today for your chance to win custom design services and construction services from Hearthstone Inc.

Valued estimated at $15,000 ($3.00/sf. including travel), the prize includes a site visit and preliminary topographic survey along with preliminary 1/8" scale initial sketches and 1/4" CAD drawings. Any log profile will be designed and the winner is free to use… Continue

Added by Neighborhood Host on June 11, 2009 at 11:06pm — No Comments


I have been busy working on the building lot and my driveway this summer but have not posted due to the loss of my mother. I know you all like the updates so I thought I would try and post one now. I have the building lot pretty much all cut off, I have been waiting for wetter weather to do some burning of brush and limbs, I also have been working on widening my road as well as pulling final stumps that were in my road. Last weekend we Place a culvert in a small stream that we needed to cross… Continue

Added by NEKVT on June 10, 2009 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Checking in cause it has been months. We've been battling the crunch and the dwindling as many others here in So. California. Afraid our dream is getting further and further away only we are going to…

Checking in cause it has been months. We've been battling the crunch and the dwindling as many others here in So. California. Afraid our dream is getting further and further away only we are going to be in Show Low where we want to build sooner than we thought too. Still maybe a few years before we'd start our log home though. Home currently for sale with an offer. Praying for the best cause I will not imagine it getting any worst... Continue

Added by Kevin & Terri Mack on June 9, 2009 at 11:38pm — 2 Comments

HELP! Need advice on getting a mortgage without putting down more than 20% in cash?

I am having trouble obtaining a mortgage in that there are not enough whole-log homes sold in the Leadville CO area to get an appraisal done. Does anyone have any ideas?

Added by Michael O'Leary on June 5, 2009 at 10:33am — 1 Comment

Dog in a Log

It took me 4 years, 6 months and 2 days to convice the hubby that we needed a dog. Once we finished our log home last year, I told him it wasn't complete without a "log dog" - his answer "what about our log cat?" No worries - Marvin the cat is still loved (and he LOVES dogs) so now he'll have a companion.

Next hurdle was the KIND of dog to get. Greg wanted a hunting dog - Pointer, Brittany Spaniel, etc. But then I pointed out he… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on June 4, 2009 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Check it out! "6 Easy Steps to Maintaining Your Cabin" by Beth Borrego, appearing May 2009 in Country's Best Log Homes Cozy Cabin Issue!

Hooray! This past February when I was thinking warm thought I was asked to write an article for the Cozy Cabin issue on maintenance. I just got my copy today, and am excited. My hat's off to the editors, who of course put out wonderful magazines. Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this issue!

See Dirt Run! Inc.

Added by See Dirt Run! Inc. on June 3, 2009 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

This is addressed to those of you who plan to Build from "scratch" using only a builder.

If you choose to build your log home using a builder only ... that is, you are going to have your builder build your entire home from scratch... and you are not using a log home manufacturer for any portion of the project ... well this is directed at you.

That is the direction I have chosen to take. I have found that with a great deal of patience you can fiend a builder who will take on the entire construction process from septic to excavation to foundation to purchasing all logs,… Continue

Added by Ted on June 2, 2009 at 7:01pm — 14 Comments

Alpine Log Homes Closes Doors -- Sad Day

I just found out today that Alpine Log Homes has closed its doors permanently, citing economic conditions.

It was one of the largest and most well known handcrafted log home companies in the Americas.

We wish everyone there the best of luck in their new endeavors!

We are sad to see you go!

Added by Rick Friesen on June 2, 2009 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

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