All our homes are built from white spruce carefully selected from the Alaskan Interior or Sitka spruce from Alaska's southeast, chosen for their tight growth rings and immense strength. They are cut in winter, debarked, and hand-peeled with a razor sharp draw knife in spring.
They are handcrafted in the traditional Scandinavian full scribe method, whereby the contours of the lower log are transferred to the log above, and the wood then carefully removed . We use compression fit saddle notches. This corner notch is proven to be superior to others in maintaining a tight fit. All lateral grooves, (underside of the logs), are coped rather than V-grooved to reduce splitting. A stress relief kerf is cut along the top of the log to isolate checking. Fiberglass is placed in each lateral groove between the logs to increase the insulation value.
During construction, all logs are treated with a mildewcide to inhibit growth of fungae and mildew, and to reduce checking. Window and door openings are cut out with header-settling allowances included. Holes for electric wiring are pre-drilled. Log joists and log purlins are milled flat to accept floor and roof decking.
We supply the log walls and log roof construction, i.e. ridgepole and purlins, on posts or trusses. We can also supply custom designed log staircases, railings, archways, and log furniture.
Initial building occurs at our four-acre log yard, which is sized big enough to site construction of even the largest log home shells. Log shells are then disassembled and shipped to the actual building site, where re-assembly occurs.