The log style you choose determines how you home will look. Here’s an overview of Honest Abe’s log styles to help you understand how various log systems work. To help you visualize how your home could look, visit our galleries for examples of other Honest Abe homeowners’ designs.
D-Log – 8×8 or 6×8 Our 8″ x 8″ Milled-D log is planed smooth on all sides for a beautiful appearance. This log system also features an inserted corner notch and a milled drip edge. These time-tested methods of joinery ensure an air-tight seal that keeps the outside elements outside. The logs are locked together with a large, single tongue and groove and a foam gasket and wood-binding sealer are applied between each course before fastening.
Dovetail D-Log – 8×12 Three highly requested features are brought together in the 8×12 Dovetail D-Log to create a widely desired building system. This log style combines smooth interior walls with a v-groove and a D-shaped profile on the exterior, the mass and energy efficiency of an 8″ x 12″ log size and the trusted, Appalachian-style dovetail corner system. This log-on-log system incorporates a single tongue-and-groove, specialized gasket and a wood-binding sealer between each course.
Dovetail D – 6×12 Introduced as a response to popular demand, the 6″ x 12″ Dovetail D-Log is quickly becoming a favorite of those seeking a truly authentic look for a log home. The large logs are round on the outside and flat on the inside, with a single tongue and groove, foam gasket and sealer complementing an Appalachian-style Dovetail system ensuring tight corners and strong construction. These logs can also be hand-hewn for maximum aesthetic appeal.
Interlocking Round – 8×8 We are so proud of the corner design in this log system, we included it in the name. Better than a traditional saddle notch, the interlocking corners in the 8″ x 8″ round log offers a design unsurpassed in strength and “seal-ability.” The logs are locked together with a large, single tongue-and-groove. A foam gasket and sealer are applied between each course before the logs are fastened together with screws. The full round log is planed smooth on all sides, giving a Western feel to any design.
Original Chinked Log – 6″ x 10″ Nothing offers the true feeling of rustic log home living better than our Original Chinked log system. This 6″ x 10″ log features a rough-textured exterior surface, a smooth interior surface and the traditional look of chinked log joint. This log system is constructed with a solid spline between each log course, and chinking material is applied on both the interior and exterior sides of the wall. Dovetail corners complement the look and ensure a tight fit. This log may also be hand-hewn for the authentic look of a “real” log cabin. The logs are sealed with a large single tongue and groove and fastened together.
Genesis Log – 8×12 With a similar look and feel to our original Genesis Log, this even larger 8″ x 12″ Genesis Log system offers even more thermal mass for energy efficiency. The exterior surface of the log is rough textured and has a groove at one edge that can be finished with chinking or without it as desired. The interior surface is smooth and enhances the massive feeling so characteristic in this log style. Dovetail corners complement the look and ensure a tight fit. The logs are locked together with a large single tongue and groove. A foam gasket and wood-binding sealer are applied between each course before fastening.
Genesis Log – 6×12 The Genesis log is a big 6″ x 12″ log that gives you that Appalachian feel but with no interior chinking. The exterior surface of the log is rough textured and has a groove at one edge that can be finished with chinking or without it as desired. The interior surface is smooth and enhances the massive feeling so characteristic in this log style. Dovetail corners complement the look and ensure a tight fit. The logs are locked together with a large single tongue and groove. A foam gasket and wood-binding sealer are applied between each course before fastening.
Big Sky 1o” Round Log Do you love the look of the large rustic lodges nestled in the majestic landscapes of the Northwest? You can have that same stately style for your new log home with the Big Sky log style. With this option, Honest Abe will cut your log home package using 10″ round timbers for the log walls, ceiling beams and rafter or roof purlins. This system is available for all our standard catalog models and any of our custom homes as well.
Log shapes and sizes are discussed in depth here.
Examples of homes from these log shapes and sizes discussed here are in our galleries here.
Any floor plan can be used with any of the log shapes and sizes.
Here’s a link to a recorded webinar (free) hosted by Honest Abe Vice President Jeff Clements and Log Home Living Magazine. It guides you through considerations for designing and building a log or timber home and includes many photos. Click here.