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October 2010 Blog Posts (18)

Romancing the cabin

A bracing cold Virginia night in a dark, half-finished cabin under a white moon, a bottle of deep red wine on the table, my heart's throb a breath away -- and Mr. Seals. Why not share the love?

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Added by John Duke on October 30, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

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

Added by Jon Dowell on October 29, 2010 at 10:51am — No Comments

hollow logs

Hey Everyone,

I have started the long project of sanding down to bare wood and fixing bee holes. So far, I have found a few hollow sounding logs and one short one that seems loose. This is a learning process for me. Should I do or is there something I can do to the hollow logs(they do not feel soft at all). And for the loose one, any ideas? Also, my metal roof has a lot of spot rust on it. It comes right off when I sand it, doesnt take much. Lowes guys said that you cant paint…


Added by Jeff on October 28, 2010 at 8:43pm — 3 Comments

Recap: Summer 2010

We are still finishing up on the little things around the cabin. My biggest mistake was getting things "livable" so we could use it this past season. Now it's more difficult to finish stuff, and there is less incentive. Besides, it was hot & sunny all summer and the lake was right there calling to me! Can you say "procrastinate"?

We received our final erosion inspection this past April, which was great because that meant our bond was also released. As luck would have…

Added by Mike & Barbara Higgins on October 27, 2010 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Log Home Show

Norris and I went to the Log Home Show in Chantilly, VA on Sunday, October 24th. We wanted to say hello to the gang from Blue Ridge Log Cabins, and we met a lot of the guys that were covering the booth. We enjoyed talking to all of them, and sharing our cabin progress so far.

We also wanted to look for some furniture for the cabin - mainly a bed for the second bedroom. We bought a nice one from a company called…


Added by Paula Sandridge on October 25, 2010 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment

Securing the perimeter

The world is a happier, brighter place today. My thumbs ache and my back is sore, but the front line in my battle against the evil that is bamboo has been pushed back beyond the western edge of the cabin. For the first time since the cabin came into our family in 2001, we have clear views of the two cabins to the north and to south of… Continue

Added by John Duke on October 24, 2010 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Dead logs, live trees

The more we have examined the logs after the ice blast, the more we are coming to the conclusion that we are going to have to go to some additional effort to get the look we want. The problem is that a lot of the old finish remains on some of the logs. By sanding or scraping, we can get down to white wood, but in discussing it with Andy Bahen, we decided to let him see if a little soda blasting will clean things up enough. The boys blasted a small test… Continue

Added by John Duke on October 23, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Getting super excited!

We rode out to the cabin today to check on progress. Our deck and porches were up! The septic should be in next week, and our interior should be completed as well. Soon we'll be able to move in!

Added by Paula Sandridge on October 22, 2010 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Make over

Who doesn't appreciate a good make over. One of our customers recently transformed the walls and fireplace into a great room. We provided the log mantel and they did the rest. I think that you will agree it was a great make… Continue

Added by Dan and Lisa on October 19, 2010 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

The Oringinal Lincoln logs Facebook page!/pages/The-Original-Lincoln-Logs/168339409843155

We are excited to announce we are now on Facebook. please follow the link above and check out our profile and our webpage.

Added by Shale Miller on October 15, 2010 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Beginning to regret choosing the company we did

My wife and I are beginning to regret choosing Moosehead Cedar Log Homes. I am planning to do a full review soon but we have had several miscut logs that I had to correct as well as logs cut so wrong I could not correct them. When I asked about it they actually wanted me to take time off of work and come get the replacement logs my self. I have sent two emails to our rep who seems to have disappeared. I am trying to find out when the heck my windows and doors are being shipped to our lot, I… Continue

Added by NEKVT on October 12, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Our journey begins - May 2010

We had an unexpected trip to the UP at the end of May and decided to take this time to begin our construction phase for our log home. In what seemed like a whirlwind event - we met with Jerry Koski ( and toured a couple more building sites. We drew up the plans at his kitchen table and proceeded to dream about the finished house.

Our house will measure 35" by 44"…

Added by Dee on October 11, 2010 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on chinking a small cabin with variable gaps and smallish round logs

I'm building a small log cabin out of green logs that I cut this summer (poplar) and will chink it in the spring, after they set and settle and dry.

There's lots more contextual information in my own blog, here and here. I may do anything from the traditional to the new synthetic stuff.


Added by Will Gatlin on October 11, 2010 at 11:14am — 8 Comments

We had a blast

One-hundred years of dirt and grime met five hundred pounds of dry ice pellets inside the cabin. Only the strong survived.

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Added by John Duke on October 10, 2010 at 1:32am — No Comments

Building with Dead Standing Timber!

We could not imagine building with any other logs other than "Dead Standing". Out of all the homes we have built , we haven't had a home with large cracks, shrinking and warping. All the drying process has been done before the tree was harvasted .

For all the information go to or…


Added by Otis Farm Log Homes on October 8, 2010 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Autumn in Michigan

Time for an Autumn check. Northern Michigan is at 50% peak right now so I should have better photos in the upcoming weeks. Is there anything better than a log home decorated w/ fall leaves and pumpkins?! I think not! Here's what it's looking like in our neck of the woods. How about yours? (P.S. I have found I cannot buy enough pumpkins to decorate our log home. My hubby is grumbling that I am turning our place into a pumpkin patch. Ha!)…


Added by Shelley Martinez on October 5, 2010 at 8:34pm — 6 Comments

solar system

Hi i am looking for a solar system for 1500 qf log home


Added by nattolino Turrigiano on October 2, 2010 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

Mock cabin

Mock chinking

One of the nice things about the people we are working with is their infinite patience and willingness to walk us through the steps to visualize what will happen and to help us understand our options. In some cases, they resort to mock-ups so we can see the idea in its space -- how a sink will work next to a curved wall, different chinking options,…


Added by John Duke on October 1, 2010 at 12:24am — No Comments

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