Thursday, July 31, 2008

Milling the logs at Hiawatha Log Homes

When I went for my training at Hiawatha Log Homes, I was looking forward to seeing the log milling in action. When you witness the logs being cut and milled, you realize what a precise art this is as well as how dangerous. It takes extremely skilled and patient people to prepare these logs. Here is a rough, simple version of the process:

The logs are being kiln dried to reduce the moisture in the logs so you don't have as much settling. A moisture content of 19% or less is the standards set by the Log Home Council.

Here is a Norway Red Pine log being milled.

Look how talented this lady is! See how smooth the log is.

The logs are numbered and stacked into piles to get ready for delivery to the future log home owner!


Naturegirl said...

As I tree hugger it saddens me somewhat to see these logs as I know
how big those trees once were..but seeing your log cabin I realize these logs are given a new home and are greatly admired...your log cabin in the woods inspires me..perhaps one day!

Shellmo said...

Naturegirl - it might make you feel better that these logs are personally selected by a forester who is thinning the forest out to allow more growth - and the logs they select for Hiawatha sometimes end up being the "twisted" or about to fall logs. I'm a tree hugger too! :-)

Constance said...

What an interesting post! I am by nature a curious person and I am also very visual so it's cool to see the process! A couple of nights ago, we watched one of our favorite DVD's, "Alone In The Wilderness" about Dick Proenneke. He made everything look so effortless whether craning out his cabin single-handedly or fashioning hinges or countertops! I always joke with my Hub when we discuss square footage of our future cabin that I don't intend to "live Proenneke style!"


Jen said...

We've had virtually no settling in our logs. It's been 10 years, so I think the possibility no longer exists. *??*
Your picttures and mini tour here is great.

Bobbi said...

Cool post!

Shellmo said...

Constance - that is one of my favorite movies - I've watched it about 10 times now!

Jen - that is great w/ no settling. I know the kiln drying is suppose to help get the moisture out so you get more of the true shape - because if there's moisture - it will eventually shrink a little more. So far, so good!

Bobbi - thank you!

Katherine said...

You can actually watch a video of the process on just go to the "Our Logs" page.