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!