Honest Abe is Proud to be a True Manufacturer of Log Homes
Log Cabin Month 2016 Editorial
by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes
As all four of Honest Abe’s model homes and several of our independent dealers prepare for special events in celebration of National Log Cabin Month during July, I wish to extend a personal invitation for you to visit our National Headquarters in Moss, Tennessee, on July 16 to attend a log raising and take a tour of our manufacturing facility.
We are proud to be a true manufacturer of log cabins and timber frame homes. On the surface, you would think all log home companies manufacture home packages in their own facilities, but that’s just not the case.
In the 37 years we’ve been milling our own logs, crafting each and every custom log home package, we’ve learned a few things that only true manufacturers know.
We’ve learned that preparation is key and simply cannot be rushed. We begin by selecting only the highest quality Eastern White Pine. To minimize movement, shrinkage and settling in the timbers over time, we combine natural air-drying and kiln-drying measures in the manufacturing of every Honest Abe timber.
Every piece of wood we use is dried in our kilns, then stored under cover. The drying process produces a more stable log and tighter joints for the construction of your log home.
Because we don’t believe in rushing this process, Honest Abe averages a nine-month inventory of timbers, something many of our competitors can’t say.
We want our customers to feel comfort in knowing that the logs for their new home have already been purchased and are being prepared, sometimes many months before they have even become our client.
We’re not an average sawmill. Honest Abe uses 3-D modeling and computer-driven equipment overseen by a team of dedicated craftsmen. Every log that goes into your home is cut to exact specifications for a perfect fit – a critical step when it comes to windows, doors and corner notches.
We know how to plan for shipping. For every individual home, the pre-cut logs are numbered, wrapped and neatly bundled for protection during delivery. You can know and trust that each piece of your log home that comes from our facility has been carefully produced, graded and packaged.
Our wood meets or exceeds industry standards. Our manufacturing staff members are certified graders under nationally recognized Timber Products Inspection (TPI) regulations. In addition to monthly industry evaluations from TPI, we follow our own quality-control process every day to produce the best possible logs for your home.
If you can’t make it to Honest Abe on July 16 or our final log raising of 2016 on Sept. 17, you’re welcome to call at any time to schedule a tour. We welcome visitors to our manufacturing facility because it really does exist and it is operated by real people, many of them with decades of experience crafting the components that go into an Honest Abe home.