Honest Abe Blog

Stories about Honest Log Homes, Log Cabins & Timber Frames Homes

The Honest Abe Log Home Blog shares stories from Honest Abe Living Magazine and other sources of interest to log home enthusiasts. Check event schedules. Read company news, announcements and industry news. Find out about new products. Browse photos from new construction and new house plans. Also featured on the Honest Abe Log Home Blog are recipes from our friends Southern Grace Farmhouse, McFarland Creek Outdoors and Lodge Cast Iron.

Media Blasting vs. Chemical Stripping for Wood Homes

Media Blasting vs. Chemical Stripping for Wood Homes

Which is the best way to remove an existing finish - media blasting or chemical stripping? Like most questions of this nature, there is no definitive answer; it depends on the situation. Both methods of removing a finish have their positive and negative attributes,...

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Rosemary & Thyme Cornish Game Hen

Rosemary & Thyme Cornish Game Hen

Wayne Brady, Sales Representative at Honest Abe Log Homes Crossville, provided special occasion recipe that he and wife Lori enjoy preparing and serving. Ingredients:1⁄2 Tsp Rosemary1⁄2 Tsp Thyme1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder1 Tbsp Salt1⁄2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper2 Tbsp Butter...

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February Honest Abe Living Now Online

February Honest Abe Living Now Online

Just in time for President’s Day the Honest Abe Living February 2020 interactive magazine includes an intriguing story about a new log home belonging to the daughter of celebrated Abraham Lincoln collector Lloyd Ostendorf.
Another feature explains how…

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Three Types of Home Lighting

Three Types of Home Lighting

Choose the type of lighting for your log or timber home to meet lighting needs. In many log or timber frame homes, you'll most likely see track lighting in one place or another. While that is absolutely okay, why not take some risks with your log home lighting?...

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How to research log and timber home companies

How to research log and timber home companies

The best way to determine which log or timber frame manufacturer is best for designing and milling your log cabin or timber frame project is to conduct your own research. Here are six tips for researching companies before you make a decision of a lifetime.

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Dinner in a Dish

Dinner in a Dish

2 lbs. ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained 3 cups frozen peas (optional) 1⁄2 cup ketchup 1⁄4 cup parsley 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. beef bouillon cubes 2 tsp. dried marjoram 1 tsp. salt 1⁄2 tsp. pepper 6 cups...

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Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

It’s no wonder that so many timeless songs have been written about sleeping. After all, more than a third of one’s life is spent in bed. But for custom log or timber frame homeowners, the sleeping spaces tend to become – to quote Shakespeare – “such stuff as dreams...

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January Honest Abe Living Online Now

January Honest Abe Living Online Now

The first Honest Abe Living interactive magazine of the new decade is now available online at Honest Abe Living. In the January 2020 issue you’ll read an interview and peruse a photo gallery of a new, custom log cabin. Fulfilling a 30-year dream, the featured...

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Back to the Basics…using what you already have

Back to the Basics…using what you already have

The start of a new year brings many things. For me it means a fresh start on my home and my décor. What it almost always means as well is a very empty wallet from all the holiday spending. I have two growing boys who are past Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars and onto...

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Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

"A kitchen is the heart of our home and always has been. Growing up we always knew one thing, we would all sit down at the table together and enjoy a meal mom (Janie Smith) had made. No matter how many hours she had put in at work or how exhausted she was, she always,...

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Tammy’s Place at Baskins Creek

Tammy’s Place at Baskins Creek

Following the devastating 2016 fires at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Honest Abe Log Homes was chosen by Tammy Dollish and her family, with the help of Greg and Melissa Watson of Honest Abe Cookeville, to recreate the family's mountain cabin.  Tammy's Facebook page...

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Rain Barrel: Inexpensive, Yet Valuable to Homeowners

Rain Barrel: Inexpensive, Yet Valuable to Homeowners

Hey, hey, little  playmate, come out and play with me And bring your dollies three. Climb up my apple tree, holler down my rain barrel, Slide down my cellar door, and we'll be jolly friends forever more.  Most of us sang the nursery song without giving a thought to...

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Enjoy Honest Abe Living’s Holiday Issue

Enjoy Honest Abe Living’s Holiday Issue

We are so honored to bring you the December 2019 Honest Abe Living – honored because it showcases the ongoing relationships we maintain with homeowners who chose Honest Abe to create their forever home. This month you’ll see photos of and read about four houses...

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The most wonderful time of year…

The most wonderful time of year…

Most see the holiday season as the most wonderful time of year, but let’s just be honest for a minute. For those of us who are the shopper, the chef, the decorator and not to mention all of life’s normal jobs we carry all year long, this time of year is a lot. Ladies...

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New Log Cabin on Christmas Tour

New Log Cabin on Christmas Tour

The Godseys’ Dream Home Featured on Christmas Log Home Tour Rick and Dany Godsey’s new log cabin will be open to registered visitors during the 2019 Honest Abe Christmas Log Home Tour hosted by Honest Abe Crossville. Register here. The Godsey home is located near the...

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November 2019 Honest Abe Living

November 2019 Honest Abe Living

The November 2019 issue of Honest Abe Living features an interview with the owners of a new 15-room log home in the Virginia Mountains along with photos from their personal album and more about the floorpan they used. Read how an Honest Abe homeowner brought the...

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Add Live Boards to Your Decor

Add Live Boards to Your Decor

Live edge boards can create an one-of-a-kind gift with Valentine's, Mother's Day and wedding season on the horizon, and Honest Abe is your connection for these beautiful boards available in a variety of hardwoods through our sister company, GF Hardwoods. What is a...

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Fireplaces…the must haves and have to haves

Fireplaces…the must haves and have to haves

Fireplaces are increasingly becoming a must-have for home buyers. Whether your home already has a fireplace or you're looking to have one added into your space, it's vital to know that there are different types to choose from. Whether you love an indoor fireplace over...

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Honest Abe Homeowners Featured in Two Publications

Honest Abe Homeowners Featured in Two Publications

  Currently on the newsstands are nationally-distributed magazines featuring the new houses of two customers of Honest Abe Log Homes.   The Teslia timber frame in Fentress County, Tennessee, is featured in the Nov. 2019 Timber Home Living magazine in a...

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Dumas Walker Memorialized in Intriguing Hit Song

Dumas Walker Memorialized in Intriguing Hit Song

This article was published in Larry's Country Diner and Country Family Reunion Magazine about a Moss, Tennessee, (where Honest Abe Log Homes' headquarters is located) resident whose story inspired a hit song. By Claudia Johnson, CFR News Columnist “Well, let’s all go...

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37-Year-Old Honest Abe Home Still Brings Joy

37-Year-Old Honest Abe Home Still Brings Joy

Carol & Barry Lowe built their Honest Abe Log Home 37 years ago, and they are still as pleased with their decision as they were when they moved in as a young married couple in 1982. Process Of Building Our Log Home "Barry and I became engaged in December of 1981...

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Blog articles are included in our monthly, interactive online publication – Honest Abe Living, which can be read here.