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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 at Lodge Cast Iron.

Fried Chicken Gumbo

Cooking with Fried chicken: 1 (3- to 3 1/2-pound) chicken 6 quarts cold water 1 1/2 cups kosher salt 4 cups buttermilk 3 cups bleached cake flour 1 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon fine sea salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon Colman’s dry mustard 1...

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Heppler Home at Gallatin Featured on Winter Tour

Jerry and Bobbie Sue Heppler are welcoming guests into their new Honest Abe Log Home on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for a Winter Home Tour that also features two other homes.   Here's what the Hepplers have to say about their home:   It has...

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2017 Dealer of the Year

Bear's Den Honored as 2017 Dealer of the Year Bear’s Den Log Homes was recognized as 2017 Dealer of the Year during the recent Honest Abe Log Homes 2018 National Dealer Conference. Owned by Rodger and Darlene Dawson, who have been dealers since 2006,...

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Honest Abe Log Cabin Featured in Log Home Living

The Clayton home, a 1,600 square foot cabin on the Tennessee Cumberland Plateau, is featured in the Dream Home Showcase issue of Log Home Living. Download the article here. The article was written by Claudia Johnson, Director of Marketing for Honest Abe Log Homes, who...

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Alderson Plan featured in Log Cabin Homes

Honest Abe Log Homes is featured in the November 2017 issue of Log Cabin Homes with a story about a custom lakeside cabin in the Ozarks. Built by Independent Dealers Maria and Mike Alderson, the Alderson Plan has become a favorite among log cabin enthusiasts and is...

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Register for Honest Abe Extra

There are numerous benefits to registering for Honest Abe Extra. Don't worry. We won't share your information with any other company. Through Honest Abe Extra we'll provide you the chance to learn more about log and timber frame homes, budgeting for construction,...

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Log Cabin Homes Features Honest Abe Home

Hedges Home Westfield Plan Log Cabin Featured in Log Cabin Homes Log Cabin Homes May issue hit the stands this week, and Honest Abe Log Homes is prominently featured. In a six-page spread of breathtaking color photography the story is shared of how customer Michelle...

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Chink Joint Thermal Efficiency

In today's economy energy efficiency is a subject that most people are aware of including log home owners and those people contemplating the purchase of a log home. With this in mind we occasionally get asked about the R-value of our chinking and/or backing materials...

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2016 Dealer of the Year

Coulters Named 2016 Honest Abe Log Homes Independent Dealership of the Year For the second consecutive year the Honest Abe Log Homes Independent Dealership of the Year is T&M Log Homes of Albany, Indiana. T&M Log Homes, owned by Tonia and Mike Coulter, earned the...

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10 Steps to Owning Your Log or Timber Home

Somewhere in your heart and mind, your wood home already exists. You’ve watched a sunrise from the covered porch. You’ve warmed yourself by a glowing fire. You’ve served a holiday meal from your rustic kitchen. For the past 36 years, Honest Abe has helped...

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A Home With A View

By Claudia Johnson Exciting. Warm. Comfortable. That’s how Richard and Linda Hespe describe their new Honest Abe log home nestled in the foothills of the Carolina Blue...

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2015 Dealer of the Year

Coulters Take Dealer of the Year Honors for Second Time The 2015 Honest Abe Log Homes Independent Dealership of the year is T&M Log Homes of Albany, Indiana. T&M Log Homes, owned by Tonia and Mike Coulter, is a repeat winner, also having won in 2012. The Coulters...

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A Letter from a Recent Honest Abe Customer

One of our recent Honest Abe Log Homes Customers recently sent this letter to Honest Abe Log Homes President Josh Beasley about his family's experience in building a wood home. He's given us permission to share his thoughts. Josh, I just wanted to touch base with you...

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Aging in Place in Your Forever Home

Some 70% of seniors spend the rest of their life in the place they celebrated their 65th birthday. Think about that for a minute. It means that the log or timber frame home that you are planning to build will most likely be the home you live in for the rest of your...

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2014 Dealer of the Year

Bear's Den Log Homes Is Honest Abe Log Homes 2014 Dealership of the Year Bear's Den Log Homes, Inc., of Newton, N.C., has been named Honest Abe Log Homes 2014 Dealership of the Year. “Congratulations to Bear’s Den owners, Darlene and Rodger Dawson,” said...

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Center Hill Lake Honest Abe Home Showcased on Tour

An Honest Abe Log Home on Center Hill Lake is a featured attraction in the 2014 Showcase of Newly Constructed and Remodeled Houses presented by the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland on Aug. 23-24. A serene view of Center Hill Lake from two spacious...

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2013 Dealer of the Year

White Eagle Building Systems Inc. Named Honest Abe Log Homes Dealer of the Year White Eagle Building Systems Inc. was recognized as Dealer of the Year during the recent Honest Abe Log Homes 2014 National Dealer Conference. White Eagle is owned by Randall...

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Couple Converts Hunting Cabin to Home

From Retreat to Forever By Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Log Homes A small log cabin built as an escape has been transformed into a Tennessee couple’s forever home. “One of the first places we remember going when we moved to Murfreesboro in 1988 was the Honest Abe...

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2011 Dealer of the Year

Log Homes of West Virginia Named 2011 Dealer of the Year Honest Abe Log Homes Regional Dealer Manager David Everitt traveled to West Virginia on Feb. 9, 2011, to visit with Russ Saunders of Log Homes of WV.  While there, they presented Russ with Honest...

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Cedar Hill Log Homes

Cedar Hill Log Homes is a new log and timber frame dealer for Honest Abe Log Homes owned by Gary Plante, who is also owner of Cedar Hill Realty in Rehobath, Mass. Cedar Hill Log Homes serves Bristol and Plymouth counties.  Born and raised in Attleboro,...

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11 Reasons You’re Right to Want a Log or Timber Home

1) Trees Grow Back When a home is made from solid logs, you are effectively taking the carbon contained in those logs out of environmental circulation over the entire life of the home. Eastern White Pine, which is used for Honest Abe’s log homes, is a major species...

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A Home To Match Its Surroundings

By Josh Goe of Rocky-K Log Homes & Construction, LLC  Rocky-K Log Homes & Construction, LLC, an independent dealer for Honest Abe Log Homes in Central Ky., has had the pleasure of working with John and Anita in Pine Knob, Ky., to make “What They’ve Always Wanted” come...

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A Team Effort – Darlington log home floor plan

When Matt & Tara Kamman decided to build an Honest Abe Log Home in Indiana, they chose to work with independent dealership T & M Log Homes, owned by Tonia and Mike Coulter.  The Coulters took a hands-on approach and helped the couple plan for the building of their...

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Aebleskiver

Honest Abe Log Homes and another Tennessee company, Lodge Cast Iron, bring you a recipe by Lodge. Ingredients 4  large eggs, separated  2  cups cake flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1  teaspoon baking powder 1/2  teaspoon salt 1/2  cup vegetable shortening, melted Scant 2...

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Alabama Log Home Survives Tornado

Tornadoes ripped through the area and other parts of the South, killing 131 people in Alabama and more than 200 total in six states. The twister that struck Tuscaloosa, Ala., gained nationwide attention, as the mile-wide storm killed 15 people, injured hundreds and...

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America’s State Parks

by Joshua Beasley, Honest Abe Log Homes Hidden treasure is spread across our great United States of America, just waiting to be discovered.  Are you ready for the hunt?  We’re not searching for fine jewels, or the luster of gold.  There’s no need for a shovel.  All...

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Appalachian Christmas Cabin

This cabin was inspired by those found in the Appalachian foothills of Tennessee. Built using Honest Abe’s Genesis log system, it features chinking on both the inside and outside, though this log system can be built without it.  Exposed heavy timber ceiling beams add...

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Apple-Pecan Clafloutis

3/4 cup pecan pieces 1 1/2 pounds firm, semi-sweet apples, like Fiji or Pink Lady 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 large eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 tablespoon apple brandy 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Pinch of salt 2 cups...

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Back In Time

by Sharron Bilbrey, Salesperson for Honest Abe Log Homes By taking a walk back in time to get a glimpse of the log cabins built by early pioneers in the Smoky Mountains, one will discover time-tested styles and designs that reveal how these cabins have influenced log...

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Backyard Rustic Romance

Does your sense of decorating need a fresh touch?  For those of us who love log homes, often times a fresh touch comes from rejuvenating the old.  Guest contributors Janet Wilson, Melissa Schubert and Janette Wilson form a mother, daughter and daughter-in-law team...

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Baker Home: New Log Home Built in Historic Paint Lick

By Josh Watson, Construction Coordinator for Honest Abe Log Homes. WHERE ~ The historical Paint Lick, KY is the location of Mark & Debbie Baker’s new log home. Obviously I had to look up how Paint Lick became “Paint Lick” and according to wikipedia, “it reputedly...

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Budgets Challenging but Necessary

Budgets are challenging by necessary. To create an accurate budget for home construction that also considers future maintenance homebuyers must be willing to honestly answer some hard questions. It’s true that these questions can seem overwhelming, but Honest Abe’s...

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Building Pines Point

Planning to leave their home of 36 years was not going to be an easy step, but John and Wanda Wallace were ready for a change of pace.  Both of them had a underlying passion for log homes.  Wanda credits much of this to memories of her father and grandmother telling...

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Building the Thompsons’ Home

  With building in the beautiful countryside of Crossville, Tennessee in mind, Robin & Vickie Thompson bought blueprints for their log home in March 2010.  Two years later they were ready to build! With Sharron Bilbrey's help, the Thompsons' found a General...

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Cherry Clafouti

Honest Abe Living Magazine features Cooking with Lodge Cast Iron recipes in each issue along with photos of log cabins, log homes and timber frame homes. Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 6 large eggs 1 1/4 cups milk 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons brandy 1...

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Chicken and Dressing Skillet Bake

Honest Abe Log Homes and another Tennessee company, Lodge Cast Iron, bring you a recipe by Lodge. Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 (6-ounce) packages Martha White Cotton Country or Buttermilk...

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Chicken and Mushroom Stew with Wild Rice

Chicken and Mushroom Stew with Wild Rice recipe from Lodge Cast Iron is a delicious way to use a traditional cooking method and healthy ingredients. 3 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 (2-oz. slice country ham or 2 slices bacon, finely chopped 6 skinless, boneless chicken...

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Chicken Pot Pie

Cooking with Lodge    New England Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust Filling: 2 T. butter 2 medium onions, diced 1 celery rib, diced 1 large carrot, diced 3 c. cubed (1-inch) cooked chicken 1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen green peas 1 c. diced fresh mushrooms Salt and...

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Choosing Property for a Log Home

by Jeff Clements, Vice President, Honest Abe Log Homes Where do you want your new log home, log cabin or timber frame home to be? That greatly varies. It’s commented many times that we just don’t see that many log or timber frame homes driving up and down the road....

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Christmas Log Home Decoration, Cowboy

Log homes and cowboys make for a great mix. Now, add a little Christmas, and this is what you get. Check out that Christmas tree with a cowboy hat for a topper! Decorated with a western flair, the owners even have cowboy boot stockings ready and waiting for Santa....

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Claytons’ Home Photographed By Pros

For a gallery of photos from the shoot featured in this story, click here. Seeing a home photographed and published in a magazine represents the journey of how it came to be. Dedication and hard work is visible in every shot. The homeowners feel a sense of pride and...

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Communication Makes Home Planning Happy

We don’t want to perpetuate any stereotypes here, and we certainly do not want to start any arguments, but it’s just a fact that men and women have different priorities when it comes to planning a new home. In our experiences working with...

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Conley Home: Building on the Family Farm

By David Everitt, Dealer Manager for Honest Abe Log Homes Kim Conley is building a custom Honest Abe log home on the “family farm” in South-East Ohio. The farm has been in her family for over 150 years. Russ Saunders of Log Homes of WV, an Honest Abe Log Homes...

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Considerations in Log Home Kitchen Design

Designing a kitchen for a log home or timber frame home requires the same considerations as with a conventional home – lifestyle of the owners, budget, family size and available space. One important decision is how to provide adequate lighting in addition to the...

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Construction of the Sears Home

By Josh Watson, Construction Coordinator for Honest Abe Log Homes Coming in from the cold weather of Coventry, Connecticut, the Sears chose the warmth of an Honest Abe Log Home built in Tennessee.  Upon completion of the design process this past April, the Sears’...

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