There are different log styles that can be used in log home construction. Here are some of the different types, with the features and advantages of each.
Legendary Logcrafters Ltd. prides itself on being one of the premier builders of Handcrafted Dovetail wall systems. This style of construction is also referred to as Canadiana Log because of its immense popularity in the late 1800s. Logs are flattened on two sides to a width of 10” and joined at the corners with a dovetail joint. Legendary Logcrafters Ltd. only uses a full compound joint to ensure a very stable, secure and locking wall system. Massive logs ranging in size from 16″ at the “tops” and 20″-28″ at the “butts” are stacked to five or six rounds high to achieve a 9‘ wall height and give the home a very majestic look. The options for exterior and interior finishes are rough sawn, planed smooth or hand hewn adzed. This wall system also incorporates the use of chinking between each round. Mortar or mud was traditionally used but today’s technology allows the use of a latex based chinking. The size of the logs, combined with the stability of Eastern White Pine and the care in craftsmanship, make Legendary Logcrafters’ Premier Dovetail wall system withstand even the harshest weather conditions.
8 x 14 Dovetail
The 8 x 14″ Dovetail log profile is our most economical log system and is offered in both the Kwik-Kit form and fully customized package form. The use of 8 x 14” white pine logs with a handcrafted full compound dovetail joint in the corners makes it one of the strongest and best values on the market. With logs up to 40’ in length, butt joint are completely eliminated. The 8 x 14″ Dovetail is a chink style log home with an approximate 2” wide joint. The edges are draw knifed by hand to give the chink line a natural look. The surface options on exterior and interior finishes are rough sawn, planed smooth or hand hewn adzed. These homes are truly modern day replicas of those homes that were built in the south by the early pioneers and settlers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Our homes however offer much better energy efficiency thanks to our precision handcrafting techniques, latex based chinking and the 8″ thick walls we offer. In fact, our 8” thick white pine log walls gives an astounding 48% higher R value than our competition’s 6” hemlock log. The authentic look and the excellent value of this log style make this Legendary Logcrafters’ most popular wall system.
Full Scribe Round
The Scandinavian Full Scribe is our most popular style of handcrafted log construction. Legendary Logcrafters is unyielding about the precision and quality that go into these authentically handcrafted homes. The Scandinavian full scribe is a chinkless style of round log construction. First, large white pine logs are completely hand peeled (no grinding or power planning here, just old fashioned drawknives). Then the logs are precisely scribed and fitted using a “shrink to fit” saddle notch with a Swedish cope in the lateral. To ensure that the fits remain perfect, advanced log building techniques are used. Over scribing the lateral and stress relief cuts on the tops of the logs (this also greatly reduces checking) are two techniques used. The standard log size range is 12″ to 24″ giving a very impressive look and an effective R value of 25. To increase energy efficiency and eliminate air infiltration, an asphalt impregnated expanding gasket and mineral wool bat insulation is installed in the lateral groove during re- assembly. For customers who really want their homes to stand out, a premium log size range of 14″ to 30″ is also available. Most log builders offer the Scandinavian full scribe, however very few can handcraft it as authentically and precisely as Legendary Logcrafters can. Look closely-there is a difference!
Somewhere between 200 and 500 BC, a new type of construction began. It was the joining of two unusually large pieces of timber with a joint known as the Mortise and Tenon. This type of joinery prevailed in all aspects of construction for centuries. It was not only used for its strength, but also for its aesthetic beauty. Then came the Victorian era, bringing with it new developments in technology such as the circular saw mill, and the iron nail. The world’s population was rapidly increasing, and a new type of construction had to be invented to keep up with the rise in housing demands. Enter the introduction of stud wall framing. By the late 1800s, most of the worlds timber frame buildings were torn down, and the art was almost lost forever. In the 1970s, a revival of timber frame structures began with a few wood craftsmen in Europe and North America. The interest in timber frame homes has increased considerably in the past several years. Timber Framing is an alternative to horizontally stacked logs and in many cases can be more practical. Timber Frame homes can have virtually any type of exterior finish (stone, brick, siding, etc.), and looks as natural in a country setting as it does in a subdivision. Legendary Logcrafters has recognized the desire for timber frame homes and is dedicated to perfecting all types of wood joinery to meet this need. We have become members of the Timber Framers Guild and have participated in several Timber Frame Conferences. Over the past few years Legendary Logcrafters has built many significant timber frame structures. We can accommodate any size project, from a small addition to a large commercial structure. Our standards in log building also apply to our timber framing construction. Our customers are guaranteed a superior timber frame home with precisely joined timbers that are fastened with hardwood pegs using traditional framing methods. Each timber frame home we build is a testament to our relentless pursuit of strength and beauty -not just for today, but for generations to come.
This information is from Legendary Logcrafters Ltd., a builder of handcrafted log homes, located in Collingwood, Ontario, and is reprinted with permission.