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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.

Honest Abe News & Events

Fall Tour 2018 Hosted by Honest Abe Cookeville

A variety of log and timber frame homes will be open to the public on Aug. 25 during the fall tour 2018 hosted by Honest Abe Log Homes Cookeville. The tour includes several Honest Abe log homes and timber frame homes constructed across four decades. The featured log...

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There’s Something for Everyone Oct. 19 & 20 in Moss

There’s a lot going on in October in the small community of Moss, Tennessee, where Honest Abe is headquartered. Mark your calendars now so you won’t miss the log raising, mill tour, new log home tour, mill tour and barn sale in Moss! Log Raising and Mill...

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50th Year Celebration Set for Oct. 27 at Moss

A Clay County family business is celebrating 50 years of entrepreneurship in 2018 with a special public event on Oct. 27. “It has been 50 years since my dad started manufacturing mop and broom handles in 1968,” said April Smith Patterson, daughter of the late Doug...

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Save the Date For 2018 Log Raisings

Honest Abe is already planning for 2018's Log Raisings at our National Headquarters. We encourage you to make your plans and your reservations early. These sessions have been filling up fast in 2018. For more information on events, click...

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New Log Homes on Free Winter Home Tour

The FREE Honest Abe Winter Log Home Tour begins at Honest Abe Log Homes National Headquarters in Moss, Tennessee.  Two of the homes, The Patterson and The Hedges, are located a few miles west of Moss. The third home, The Heppler, is located east of Gallatin. It is...

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Heppler Home at Gallatin Featured on Winter Tour

Jerry and Bobbie Sue Heppler welcomed guests into their new Honest Abe Log Home on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, for a Winter Home Tour hosted by Honest Abe National Headquarters that also featured two other homes.   Here's what the Hepplers have to say about their home:  ...

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Observations from a Log Raising Attendee

Four times per year Honest Abe hosts log raisings at its National Headquarters in Moss, Tenn. Below is an email from one of the January 2016 attendees. The Log Raising was Great and it was well worth the effort to come up there. Most of what was shown was pretty much...

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Timber Frame on Parade of Homes

The Langer Timber Frame in rural White County, Tennessee, was a featured home on the Upper Cumberland Homebuilder's Association's tour of homes in 2017  More about the home: The 2,042 SF Langer Timber Frame was custom designed, manufactured and built by Honest Abe Log...

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Log Raising Popularity Growing

by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes In my time here at Honest Abe, we’ve never had a log raising event snowed-out or cancelled. That record was threatened in January when winter weather brought around 14” of snow to our area. The hills and highways of...

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Watch for Honest Abe Events

Watch for Honest Abe events to be announced on our website. We plan a variety of activities each year to let you see how homes are designed, manufactured and built at our Log Raisings. Plus you often have the chance to see a finished home on a special tour. If you...

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Featured Stories

Designing a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

“Modern farmhouse at its best.” At the grand opening of the new 10” Round log home of Nick and April Patterson, those words were among the many used to describe this dream kitchen. From top to bottom this kitchen is unique, with different colors and textures, but in...

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Dual Purpose Rooms & Murphy Beds Expand Space

Use Every Foot of Space Wisely For most people retirement and downsizing means a real change in approaches to daily activities. The things that were “must haves” when children were still at home are not only less important but may not be needed at all in a downsized...

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Williams Mountain Home

Clearbrook Plan Selected for Williams Mountain Home Smart Decisions, Loving Compromises A North Carolina couple shares lessons learned while building a mountain dream home that incorporates dreams and needs for present and future enjoyment, allowing them to stay in...

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When You Close a Door, Opportunities Open Up

The idea of a log home often conjures visions of a house perched majestically on a mountain ridge or alongside a placid lake. Most of us picture a large, restful deck overlooking scenic vistas and nestled in a lush forest. When we think about walking into...

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Honest Abe Log Home Survives Tornado

In April 2011 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...

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Langer Home Featured in Timber Home Living

Timber Home Living's Nov.- Dec. issue includes an article about a beautiful Honest Abe timber frame home, the Langer home in rural White County, Tennessee. Pick a copy up at the news stand in any major book store. There a nice free calendar in this issue of the...

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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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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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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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In the End, You Have a Great Home

Oakley Home was Family Effort Ask Tanner Oakley anything about the construction of his new house, and he’ll probably know the answer. Sounds reasonable since it is his house, right? Well, Tanner is just 10 years old, but the precocious and mannerly young man has...

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Small Home or Tiny Home Log Cabin

    By Claudia Johnson, Director of Marketing, Honest Abe Log Homes     When some people imagine their forever home, it’s a spectacular log or timber frame home. Over the past 37 years, Honest Abe Log Homes has met many of those dreamers, which is why thousands across...

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Tennessee Retreat Log Cabin

Tennessee Retreat Log Cabin is the Perfect Lodging Choice for Honest Abe Visitors Spend the Night in an Authentic Honest Abe Log Cabin on Your Next Visit to Honest Abe Log Homes Tennessee Retreat Log Cabin is nestled in the beautiful hills of the Eastern Highland Rim...

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The Kitchen is the Heart of a Home

By Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Living, Sept.-Oct. 2014 The kitchen really is the heart of a home. It is far more than a location from which sustenance is distributed. A kitchen pulsates with daily activity and beats to the rhythms of life’s milestones. Because food...

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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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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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Planning Bedrooms in Log and Timber Homes

Making decisions about bedrooms for log or timber frame homes is no different in some ways than for any home. Decisions like how many bedrooms, what size each room will be and whether there will be an adjacent bathroom are basic. However,...

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Guardian Angels Protect Cancer Survivor’s Forever Home

From the President’s Desk by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes It’s an extremely rare occasion that someone walks up to me and says, “We just decided that we want a log home, so we thought we would check into it.”No, our clients have been “all in” for...

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The Lakeside Life

A working retirement home in Tennessee is adapted to the terrain... When retirement appeared on the horizon for Herb and Barb Marshall, they began to make plans for their long-awaited log home, which ideally was to be built on the sloping shores of a fishing lake....

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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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Relief Offered to Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims

Honest Abe Log Homes is committed to helping victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires rebuild or build their log or timber fame homes and businesses. We are offering a discount structure that reflects 2015 prices for those affected by the fire. We are engaging in an...

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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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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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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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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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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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Cumberland River Retreat Log Home

Article & Photography by Joshua Beasley, Honest Abe Log Homes About thirty “river miles” downstream from the Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky, sits a Cumberland River retreat, a quaint hide-a-way and tribute to a family patriarch. Randy Fudge, former President of Honest Abe...

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Custom Floor Plan: Busch Residence, One Father’s Legacy

Nearly 50 years ago, the father of George Busch purchased a small lot on Nolin Lake in Kentucky. On it, he built a quaint three room cottage, as was typical in the community. At that time, small weekender cabins were constructed to provide basic necessities and...

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Desocio House: A large Log Home Plan

by Karen Doss Bowman, Log Cabin Homes, July 2011 For Peter and Trish Desocio, the second time’s a charm. Within two years of building their dream vacation log home in Henry, Tenn., the DeSocios had sold it and moved into an expanded version of the same house in nearby...

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Down a Different Road

Maurice and Elfi Fliess didn’t take the same path that most log home owners traverse. It’s common that people will dream for decades and research for years before building their perfect log home. They will visit manufacturers across the country, attend...

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Family Matters

A Seasoned Contractor Builds on His Family Legacy Building a new home is nothing new for Tom and Joan Rippel, whether it be for themselves, or their many customers over the years.  Tom’s building career started at a young age in 1961 helping his father build...

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Family, Friends & the Pursuit of Memories

For nearly thirty years now, Steve and Merry Byrne have made Dale Hollow Lake, which spans the Tennessee and Kentucky state line, their destination of escape.  While raising their two boys, the couple would drive to the area from their home near Louisville, Kentucky,...

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Vacation in an Honest Abe Designed Home

This year why not vacation in an Honest Abe designed home? Two cabins designed by Honest Abe are being made available for rent in 2016. Located in the Swan Ridge Lake Resort Development at Dale Hollow Lake near Celina, Tennessee, the two distinctively different homes...

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Hickey Home: Appalachian Inspiration

By Joshua Beasley, Honest Abe Log Homes Like so many log home enthusiasts, the Hickeys' plans and dreams of building their own log home started many years ago. “It was about a 15 year journey for us,” recalls Todd Hickey.  “It was really my wife’s idea.  We had...

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Honest Abe Log Tennessee Home

“We learned about Honest Abe from the Realtor and by driving by their plant while looking at properties. We stopped in and grabbed some literature while on the run so we could look at floor plans and dreamed about what we should come up with. After we closed on the...

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Joyce Home: Log Home On Lake Gaston Becomes a Reality

By Katherine Joyce, Honest Abe log home owner Keith and Katherine Joyce of Apex, N. C., began their journey to build their dream log home more than 25 years ago when they first met at UNC-Chapel Hill and then married in 1986. Keith already had a strong love for bass...

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KarSan Log Home Blog

Blogs have become an incredible way for those building a log home to share their experience with family, friends and the world.  One customer of independent dealer Arkansas Log Home Connection took full advantage of this tool. The KarSan Log Home blog has documented...

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Kitchens: A Place to Gather

Kitchen is defined as,  “a place equipped for cooking.”  This may be a good technical definition, but that definition just doesn't fully capture what most of us think of when we hear the word kitchen.  A kitchen is much more than that, it is a place to gather, cook,...

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Lasting Memories

by Joshua Beasley, Honest Abe Log Homes Security, warmth, stability; these are just a few feelings and memories Rachel Meadows took away from a visit to her grandfather’s homeplace as a small child. “I remember Daddy walking us through the log cabin he grew up in,”...

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Log Cabin Open House Provides Motive, Means & Opportunity

Every aficionado of mysteries knows that the the guilty had the ability to commit the crime (means), a reason to do it (motive) and the chance to commit the act (opportunity). The upcomingTennessee Honest Abe Log Cabin Open House provides the opportunity to tour a...

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Log Home Christmas

Is anything more beautiful than a log home Christmas? Throughout the next few weeks, families everywhere will be busy with the hustle and bustle the Christmas season brings. The yearly family traditions, each unique and special to one’s own family and the many...

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Log Home Lake House Plan

Log Home Lake House Overlooking Center Hill Lake, Tennessee Overlooking the waters of Center Hill sits a log home owned by Mike and Christine Cornett. Life on the lake is different. It isn’t fast paced, and there are great neighbors who are willing to help. To Mike...

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Moss Home: One Story Log Cabin

By Josh Watson, Construction Coordinator for Honest Abe Log Homes Robert & Patty Moss have dreamed about building a log home for a while, and now they have turned that dream into reality! Building in Buffalo Valley, Tenn., Robert and Patty already had their land and...

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Practical and Thrifty Log Home Perfect for Young Couple

By Josh Beasley, Honest Abe Living Though newlyweds, Nick and April Patterson’s story began long before they knew one another, in fact, before either were born.  April is the daughter of Janie and late father Doug Smith, who founded Honest Abe Log Homes over 30 years...

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Rockcastle Farms: Longing for a Piece of Rocky Ground

By Joshua Beasley, Honest Abe Log Homes A quiet countryside with a thankful and proud people living in a small community.  That is an ideal place that many now seek out; a little bit of Mayberry with a side of The Waltons for good measure.  People are discovering this...

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Third Time’s A Charm

Building a custom log home is often a journey.  For some, it takes years of dreaming and research.  Others know exactly what they want and charge ahead.  Then some, like Clyde and Helen Williams, find an unconventional means to arrive at the log home they’ve always...

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Traveling the Barn Quilt Trail

These days, a family getaway often means a trip close to home.  Heading into the countryside to visit historic towns and sites along the way, stopping for a country-cooked meal, and perhaps spending the night where the sounds of nature lull us to sleep are as relaxing...

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Hollifield Home: It’s Yours if You Want It

By Kevin Donaldson The foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee are a long way from Wyoming, but those words helped set in motion the actual location for an Honest Abe log home, allowing Jack and Pam Hollifield to continue a family legacy. The Hollifield’s...

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Tips for Designing & Building

How to do a DIY Inspection of a Log or Timber Home

One key for keeping your log home in tip-top condition is to take an hour or so a couple of times a year to perform a DIY inspection of  the exterior of your home for any signs of potential problems. Remember that a bit of maintenance and small, inexpensive repairs...

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How to Handle a Carpenter Ant Infestation

CARPENTER ANTS – LIFE CYCLE AND SEASONAL ACTIVITIES Ants are now the number one household pest in the United States, leaving cockroaches well behind. A carpenter aunt infestation is a nuisance no matter what kind of house you have. Although there are more than 20...

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Is Chinking Cosmetic or a Sealant

Perma-Chink has evolved into an elastomeric compound that has been specifically designed for use in log home sealing applications. Perma-Chink adds to the overall integrity of the structure by not only preventing water and air from entering the home, but also adding...

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Landscaping Effects Health and Beauty of Log Homes

by Perma-Chink System, Inc. Have you ever considered the impact that landscaping can have on the well-being and beauty of your log home? Let's look at some things around your home that can significantly affect its health.   Trees In summer months trees located close...

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Making a Wish into a Home

By Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Log Homes A log home is not an impulse buy. For some the decision to build a log home was made years before they actually began the process to make a long-held dream a lifetime reality. Others may have explored several...

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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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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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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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Creating Your Own Log Home Wall Art

So, we’re in the process of remodeling some of the older “historical” type cabins at Mitchell Creek Marina and noticed how expensive simple wall art has become. We found this beautiful, watery, peaceful feeling pillow, which led to our inspiration for this craft! We...

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Develop Floor Plans Early

Develop Floor Plans Early in Planning Process All three options make planning easier!    Most people who want a log or timber frame home have been envisioning how they want their house to look from the outside for a long time before they actually have a plan for...

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Exterior Wood Burning Stoves

By Joshua Beasley, Marketing & Advertising for Honest Abe Log Homes An ever evolving but long-standing issue has been the search for efficient and cost-effective alternative energy sources for homes.  Some owners do so to offset their utility bills, others to go...

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Fall Log Home Maintenance

Most people are accustomed to spring cleaning, but if you are a home owner, you know that your house needs attention year-round. Fall maintenance is much like spring house-cleaning, but more preventative and less “cleaning.” And it’s much easier to do it now rather...

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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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Passing the Perc Test

One very practical matter that must be considered regarding placement of a log or timber frame home  can be summed up in four words: no perc, no house. “That’s why it’s extremely important to be sure the land you’ve selected for your new log or timber home will pass a...

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Finding Your Forever Home

The Basics of Planning and Building a Log Home or Timber Frame Home – Here's a link to a recorded webinar (free) hosted by Honest Abe Vice President Jeff Clements and the editors of Log Home Living Magazine. It guides you through considerations for designing and...

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Free Log Home Design Guides

Inspiring Home, a new two-part publication by Honest Abe Log Homes, is now available for order by calling your salesperson. The “Floor Plan Catalog” is just that.  It is packed with a mixture of classic plans from Honest Abe, while incorporating many new designs as...

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Gender Frequently Determines Log Home Design Preferences

By Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes I don’t want to perpetuate any stereotypes here, and I 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...

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Get Answers at Log Home Shows, But Go Prepared

By Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes So you’re planning your dream log home. All of a sudden, reality hits and you’re faced with a barrage of questions. What floor plan do I want? Which company do I chose? Do I want a round or square log? Is one wood...

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Get Honest Abe Floor Plan Catalog

Get Honest Abe Floor Plan Catalog and Planning Guide Free Online or Printed in Full Color for $10 Mailed to Your Home! Read FREE online or download to keep as a .pdf the Honest Abe Log Homes Inspiring Homes Product and Planning Guide, a 52-page publication that...

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Increasing Log Home Appeal

What Makes a Log Home Beautiful? Increasing Log Home Appeal By Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. What is it about Honest Abe homes that make them so appealing to so many people? We can talk about thermal efficiency, building with a renewable resource or living a log home...

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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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What to Expect from Top-of-the-Line Finishes

In addition to building a quality home, you want to build a beautiful home, which is why your choice of wood finishes is so important. The most desirable finish allows the wood grain to emerge so the color complements the wood rather than covering it. Many of Honest...

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Inspiring Home Plans and Guide

Honest Abe Log Homes Inspiring Homes Product and Planning Guide, a 52-page publication that features information specific to our products, company history, manufacturing process, green practices, building systems, log homes, cabins and timber frame homes, package...

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Why Are Log Homes Better Than Conventional Construction?

12 Advantages Log Homes Have Over Stick & Brick Construction It is unlikely that frequent readers of Honest Abe Monthly need to be convinced on the many advantages log homes have over their conventional counterparts.  However, it never hurts to be reminded of specific...

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Log Home

If your New Year’s resolution was to make your dream log home a reality in 2012, the Log Homes Council has 10 economic trends why now is the time to make your move. 1.  Single-Family Construction on the Rise Last year closed out with an increase in single family...

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What is Your Responsibility During Your Build?

What is there to do other than the assembly of my home package? One of the most common questions asked of Honest Abe Sales Representatives and Independent Dealers regarding the log home design, purchase and construction process is "What are my...

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Inspiring Home Product and Planning Guide

Download your copy of our Inspiring Home Product and Planning Guide, a 52-page publication that features information specific to our products, company history, manufacturing process, green practices, building systems, log homes, cabins and...

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Interactive Floor Plans Now Online

Honest Abe Log Homes now has 12 interactive floor plans online at mywoodhome.com, the website of Log Home Living, Timber Home Living and Log Cabin Living. The plans selected to be featured are the following: Tour a traditional square log cabin designed by Honest...

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Kitchen Confidential: Planning a Log or Timber Home Kitchen

Click Here to Watch Kitchen Confidential Speaker: Sara Brown, Home Group Editor, Log Homes Living magazine No matter the size of your log or timber home, the main level is definitely where you’ll do most of your living. And although you’ll spend plenty of time in the...

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Learn About Log Home Log Styles

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...

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Let Honest Abe Compare Log Home Package Quotes

We feel very confident about our prices for log and timber frame homes – so much so that we stand by them with our Honest Abe Honest Value Guarantee. Let Honest Abe compare log home package quotes. Simply submit a detailed item-for-item quote from another company. If...

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Let Honest Abe Compare Log Home Packages for Best Price

Let Honest Abe Compare Home Package Quotes for Best Price Honest Abe is so confident about package prices for log and timber frame homes, they are backed up by the Honest Abe Honest Value Guarantee. Honest Abe will meet or beat the price of any competitor’s comparable...

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Let the Sunshine In!

By Sharron Bilbrey, Sales Representative for Honest Abe Log Homes An age-old comment about log homes is people have heard how “dark” they are on the inside, but this is something that does not have to be true anymore.  Beyond the overall structure of the house, the...

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Log Home Budgeting

Creating a Budget for a Log or Timber Frame Home Honest answers to realistic questions help in budget creation. By Wayne Brady, Sales Representative, Honest Abe Crossville In planning for a new wood home, it’s important to create a budget that allows for construction...

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Log Home Heating & Cooling

New Advancements in Heating and Cooling Technologies for Log and Timber Homes New advancements in heating and cooling will enable you breath easy while spending less on energy. Here’s a primer on the plethora of choices for your new log or timber home. Wouldn’t it be...

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Log Home Solar Heating

Log Home Solar Heating: Letting the sun shine on your dream log and timber home will make it far more comfortable while saving you hundreds of dollars on energy bills. If you’ve ever been in the window seat while flying the friendly skies, you’ve likely noticed that...

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Log Shapes and Sizes Determine Look of Home

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...

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Make A Fall Ribbon Wreath

Hi and welcome to “Getting Crafty with the Smith’s!” Fall is our favorite time of year and what better craft to make than a “Fall Wreath” to show off our country charm in the spectacular fall colors!   Fall Ribbon Wreath What you need: •  Burlap Ribbon or Deco Mesh...

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Making a Carpenter Bee Trap

Carpenter bees are a threat to wood, whether its a log or conventional home, a porch, wooden furniture, architectural details, etc. Two of Honest Abe’s owners, Shane Smith and Nick Patterson, got together with Crossville Honest Abe Model Home Sales Representative...

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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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Reusing That Old Mason Jar

Welcome to a new section in Honest Abe Living newsletter! In “Getting Crafty with the Smiths,” you’ll see fun and innovating ideas to re-use, recycle and get the full use out of items that often go overlooked. This section is to inspire your creative side while...

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Six Tips for Researching Log Homes

Researching log homes and timber frame structures can be a daunting task, but Honest Abe Log Homes has created an easy tip sheet to help you  get started. You may download the tip sheet as a .pdf here or pin this .jpg to your Pinterest board...

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The Mighty Douglas Fir: Not Just for Christmas Trees

by Dan Smith, Salesperson for Honest Abe Log Homes As my family and I were putting up our Christmas tree last night, I couldn’t help but to think of the tree itself, the mighty Douglas Fir.  Nationally, it remains one of the most popular Christmas tree species.  The...

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The Truth about Log Home Maintenance

By Greg Crider, owner/operator of Renew Services LLC, Guest Columnist There is much to be said in terms of variables associated with the endless scenarios of what makes good or bad maintenance and how to best go about it. Remember, the most important point is to stay...

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Trees Vital to Wood Home Design and Planning

"I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree." Most of us learned this poem as children, and as we've grown older, the truth of it has become more apparent. That's why it's important to think carefully before you begin clearing land and felling trees on and...

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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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Why it is beneficial to come to a log raising?

by Inez Price, Sales Representative, Honest Abe National Headquarters An Honest Abe Log Raising is a great opportunity to see, touch and absorb information about how Honest Abe Log Homes are built. The Log Raising starts from the design and goes through placement of...

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Product News & Information

Try New Colored Stains

Let the beauty of wood shine through with a colorful twist!   Customers of Honest Abe dealers, Mike and Tonia Coulter of T & M Log Homes in Indiana are among the first to use Perma-Chink’s new Lifeline Accents to highlight the exterior beauty of their log home.   The...

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Chinking Options and Benefits

IS CHINKING COSMETIC OR A SEALANT? Perma-Chink has evolved into an elastomeric compound that has been specifically designed for use in log home sealing applications. Perma-Chink adds to the overall integrity of the structure by not only preventing water...

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Hand Hewn Logs Add Richness to Home

The Art of Hand Hewing by Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Log Homes, Log Home Living, Spring 2015 Hand hewn logs add richness to a home. These logs evoke a feeling of the past by capturing a skill that was necessary for early settlers and is now an art. Honest Abe Log...

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Crossville Model Features American-made Flooring

By Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Living, July-Aug. 2014 Honest Abe Log Homes’ new model home in Crossville, Tenn., features wide-plank, heart pine floors from Vintage Pine Flooring’s Mill House Select series. Vintage Pine Flooring owner Art Copeland said that the...

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Outdoor Ideas: A Look at Porches & Decks

Now more than ever, porches, decks and outdoor living spaces are essential to new home construction.  They provide superior protection to doors, windows and exterior walls.  They help with a home’s energy efficiency, and have many other positive benefits.  While all...

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What to Expect from Top-of-the-Line Finishes

In addition to building a quality home, you want to build a beautiful home, which is why your choice of wood finishes is so important. The most desirable finish allows the wood grain to emerge so the color complements the wood rather than covering it. Many of Honest...

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Douglas Fir is Beautiful, Strong and Economical

There are many reasons why Honest Abe uses Douglas Fir for heavy timber rafters, collar ties, wall-tie trusses, ceiling beams, girders and timber frame components. “Abundance equals affordability, and since Douglas Fir is the most plentiful of all North American...

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Honest Abe Timber Frame System

Though “log homes” is in our name, timber frame homes is nothing new to Honest Abe.  For years we’ve offered a timber frame or post-and-beam structure.  Due to their refined rustic charm, these homes have seen a resurgence of interest from consumers. In the...

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Log Home Sealants

It is virtually impossible to prevent logs from developing cracks and checks as they age and dry. That's because as a large piece of wood seasons, mechanical stresses build up until the surface stress becomes so great that the wood cracks. We call these stress cracks...

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Visit a True Log Home Manufacturer

Log home manufacturer Honest Abe Log Homes invites the public to visit its National Headquarters in Moss, Tenn., on July 16 or Sept. 17 for a Manufacturing Tour and Log Raising. The guided tour of the manufacturing plant includes the state-of-the art mill, kilns and...

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New 8” x 12” D-Log System

Driving the development of new products and services is currently influenced by two major forces; consumer demand and energy efficiency standards. In response to both, Honest Abe Log Homes introduces our new 8” x 12” D-Log Dovetail System! “We’re very excited about...

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Log & Timber Construction

What is Your Responsibility During Your Build?

What is there to do other than the assembly of my home package? One of the most common questions asked of Honest Abe Sales Representatives and Independent Dealers regarding the log home design, purchase and construction process is "What are my...

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Hurricaines, Floods and Log Homes

BY PAUL PEEBLES, Perma-Chink System's West Coast Director of Sales Log homes are actually more durable than traditional homes, and are more likely to survive natural disasters, including flooding. The clean-up and repair of a log home after flooding is also much...

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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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Log Shapes and Sizes Determine Look of Home

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...

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The Enormous Strength of a Log Home

Over and over again, the strength and durability of log homes is proven by real-world examples.  This photo may not be the prettiest, but it’s a great example of the strength of our log walls and roof systems.  Just read the testimonial from the professional below:...

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Timber Frame Home is Flexible Choice

A timber frame home is a beautiful, economic and flexible choice Do you love the interior, natural look of wood but want a more traditional exterior or more decorative flexibility on the interior? If so, then a Timber Frame home is the choice for you. Honest Abe Log...

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Kiln Dried Log Homes are Stable, Durable and Beautiful

At Honest Abe Log Homes we’re often asked why we do kiln dry the logs and timbers used in every log home, log cabin or timber frame house we manufacture. We believe in the value of creating kiln dried log homes and timber frame houses. Kiln dried logs are “pre-shrunk”...

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Focusing On Fireplaces

By Tia Copas, Honest Abe Living It’s always nice to come home on a cold day and warm up next to a glowing fire. There’s something about a fireplace that is inviting and comforting. The flickering flames can be hypnotizing to the eye.  That's why many of Honest Abe Log...

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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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Insulation in Log Home Heavy Timber Roof

By Inez Price, Salesperson for Honest Abe Log Homes When you approach an Honest Abe Log Home, you take in the logs, porches, decks, windows, design etc… upon entering you will most likely observe the decorations, flooring, walls, what kind of view they have and then...

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Log Homes: Environmentally Friendly

By Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. Think GREEN. Log homes are often the only building solution that is totally natural. This abundant, renewable resource is good for your health and the environment. Log homes are increasingly the choice of consumers interested in living...

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Honest Abe Timber Frame System

Though “log homes” is in our name, timber frame homes is nothing new to Honest Abe.  For years we’ve offered a timber frame or post-and-beam structure.  Due to their refined rustic charm, these homes have seen a resurgence of interest from consumers. In the...

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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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The Mighty Douglas Fir: Not Just for Christmas Trees

by Dan Smith, Salesperson for Honest Abe Log Homes As my family and I were putting up our Christmas tree last night, I couldn’t help but to think of the tree itself, the mighty Douglas Fir.  Nationally, it remains one of the most popular Christmas tree species.  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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Cornett Begins Construction of Second Honest Abe Log Home

Mike & Christine Cornett purchased an Honest Abe Home back in 1993 from Greg Watson and enjoyed the experience so much that when they decided to build again, Honest Abe was the only option. After meeting with Greg and working with our design team to perfect their...

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Customers Praise Construction Crew and Chief

by Josh Watson, Construction Coordinator for Honest Abe Log Homes “Joe & his crew did an outstanding job from the time they arrived until they finished. Thanks from the inspector and me on a job well done!” – Tim Johnston We always appreciate feedback from our...

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Helen Simpson’s 3 Story Construction Project

By Josh Watson, Construction Coordinator for Honest Abe Log Homes Helen Simpson is getting ready to begin the process of finishing her new Honest Abe Log Home!  The crew (Ricky Hatcher Construction) just completed the dry-in on this three story house the last week in...

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Lloyd Construction Project

Tim & Carol Lloyd already had the beautiful acreage to situate their getaway cabin, they just needed the cabin.  That’s where Honest Abe Log Homes came in.  Working with Inez Price out of Moss, Tenn., Tim & Carol designed their ideal plan. Located on a small hill...

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Options Offered for Honest Abe Porches

By Inez Price, Salesperson for Honest Abe Log Homes Porches are an extension of the living area of a home, especially for owners of log homes. Porches provide shade for you, and they also provide shade for your home, extending the durability of stains, doors, windows...

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Photos from a DIY Project

While the “Turn-Key” trend exploded in the mid 2000’s, it has now been replaced by the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Project.  Ronnie Cato and Terry Petit out of northern Kentucky are great examples of this.  After a devastating house fire, the couple recalled they had seen a...

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Snapshots From The Job Site

Doug & Noreen, like so many other log home prospects, attended one of the many log home shows that are available throughout the country each year.  In 2010, the couple met Honest Abe at the Log & Timber Home Show in Chantilly, Va., which is just outside of Washington,...

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Written Endorsement from the Job Site

Often times, short and simple is better.  Honest Abe Log Home’s Construction Coordinator, Josh Watson, received an unexpected note of gratitude and endorsement recently from a customer. The unsolicited note was quickly written on the back of a check-off sheet used as...

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Independent Dealer News

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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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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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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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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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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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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Honest Abe Dealership, T & M Log Homes, Expands

Tonia and Mike Coulter, owners of T & M Log Homes in Albany, Ind., Honest Abe Independent Dealership and 2013 Dealers of the Year, has expanded into Kansas with the addition of Kyle and Rebekah Taylor to the T&M team. “For the past 18 years Tonia & I have worked so...

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Rocky-K Log Homes Dealership Celebrates 20 Years

Rocky-K Log Homes, an independent dealership of Honest Abe Log Home products, recently celebrated 20 years of business in their hometown of Leitchfield, Kentucky.  Owners, Ellis and Sandy Kiper, welcomed the community with food, fellowship, music and fun to help...

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Floor Plans

Downsize to a Log or Timber Frame Forever Home

The first step in knowing it was time to make a move was the quiet. The bubble of constant comings and goings, the mounds of laundry and even the 50-pound bags of pet food were no longer part of the daily household mix. There were rooms that sat empty with...

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Interactive Floor Plans Now Online

Honest Abe Log Homes now has 12 interactive floor plans online at mywoodhome.com, the website of Log Home Living, Timber Home Living and Log Cabin Living. The plans selected to be featured are the following: Tour a traditional square log cabin designed by Honest...

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Custom Floor Plan: Patterson

As featured in our cover story, the Patterson floor plan is a custom design by Honest Abe at the direction of April and Nick Patterson.  They wanted a plan with an open feel, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a walk in closet, and no wasted space. All this was brought...

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The Bellewood Floor Plan

The Bellewood is one of our most popular Honest Abe Floor Plans. See it and many others at Honest Abe Floor Plans. Our Cookeville Model was created from the Bellewood. Click here for directions to Honest Abe Cookeville and plan your visit to the Bellewood....

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Grandfield Plan Used for New Kansas Home

Construction began recently on a home in Kansas being built from the Honest Abe Log Homes Grandfield Floor Plan. The home was sold by the Honest Abe Cookeville Sales Office in Cookeville, Tenn., and is being built by Robert Stone, an Independent Dealer for Honest Abe...

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Dream Home Floor Plans of Honest Abe Customers

We are thrilled to share with you some of the most beautiful floor plans for log homes and timber frame homes that started as the dream home floor plans of Honest Abe customers. Click here for the plans. We're pretty proud of them That is not bragging though, because...

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Custom Floor Plan: Clayton

This plan embodies Appalachia.  The exterior look is directly taken from a historic cabin nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee as directed by our customers.  The Clayton’s story, along with photos of their home, can be seen in the January 2012 edition of Honest...

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Custom Floor Plan: Cumberland Cabin

Small Log Cabin Built on Cumberland River in Kentucky Originally designed as a display model to be set up at log home shows, this small cabin was designed as a rustic retreat for land owners looking for something simple. The cabin’s name arrives from the first one...

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Custom Floor Plan: Joyce Residence

The Joyce family took two of Honest Abe’s standard floor plans, the Westport and the Grandfield, and incorporated the two with their own ideas, to develop their final floor plan for this vacation home. The family wanted an open feel that took advantage of their lake...

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Custom Floor Plan: Busch Residence

As featured in our cover story, the Busch residence is similar to several Honest Abe stock designs, though without its garage it probably most resembles the Madison floor plan. The Busch’s custom designed their home around the sales model of Rocky-K Log Homes after...

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Custom Floor Plan: Marshall

As the home featured in our featured article this month entitled The Lakeside Life, it’s easy to see the many features of this outstanding floor plan. This three bedroom, three bathroom log home floor plan has it all.  The spacious master bedroom and bath suite has...

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Custom Floor Plan: The Sears Residence

The Sears Residence features 1,120 sq. ft. on the first floor with another 760 sq. ft. on the second.  An attached garage provides 864 sq. ft. and is attached directly to the home.  A wrap around porch is only interrupted by the presence of the garage, allowing for...

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Floor Plan: Custom Segura

One of our great pleasures is to watch how our customer’s take multiple Honest Abe floor plans and merge them into one.  The Segura’s home was designed in similar fashion.  It combines a couple of our classic floor plans, adjusting each to suite their needs, to...

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Floor Plan: The Castlewood

Castlewood Floor Plan Leads to Appalachian Inspiration The Castlewood is a classic Honest Abe Log Home floor plan which appeared in our catalogs for many years. The article on this blog, “Appalachian Inspiration” featured this home plan. The plan has 2,348 square feet...

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Floor Plan: The DeSocio II

The DeSocio II is an enlarged version of it’s predecessor, built by the same customer a few years later.  This custom floor plan is available for viewing in our Customer Creations series on our website.  The home features a beautiful wrap around porch, three bedrooms,...

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Floor Plan: The Stanton

Adaptation of Newport Floor Plan Leads to the Stanton The Stanton is one of Honest Abe Log Home’s newer floor plan options, but has deep seeded roots within the company. It is an adaptation from our Newport floor plan, one that has been available with Honest Abe for...

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Floorplan Includes Garage Apartment

The DeSocio Home Floor Plan is Perfect for Living in Place   For Peter and Trish Desocio, the second time’s a charm. Within two years of building their dream vacation log home in Henry, Tenn., the DeSocios had sold it and moved into an expanded version of the same...

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Honest Abe Cottage Series: The Franklin

The third release of the Honest Abe Cottage series, the Franklin offers incredible bang-for-the-buck! At 1,340 square feet, this cottage is designed to sleep up to eight people, thanks in part to a loft specially designed to accommodate four twin-sized beds.  The main...

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Honest Abe Cottage: Hickory Hollow

This newly designed floor plan was created to allow a homeowner to always enjoy the outdoors, and to experience it in different ways. The abundance of windows throughout the home allows natural sunlight to flood in. A spacious climate controlled sun room is attached...

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Honest Abe Cottage: The Rivergate

The Rivergate is one of four designs to be release over the winter of 2011 and 2012.  The designs will become the Honest Abe Cottage series of floor plans. The Rivergate features 1,120 sq. ft. on the first floor with another 728 sq. ft. on the second.  An attached...

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Honest Abe Cottages: Cool Springs

The fourth and final in this series of Honest Abe Cottages, the Cool Springs was designed to inspire family vacation gatherings while drawing guests to enjoy its natural surroundings. This floor plan features three bedrooms of similar size and two full bathrooms. ...

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Honest Abe Stanton Floor Plan

The Honest Abe Stanton floor plan features a full-length covered porch on both the main floor that creates a covered walkway along the length of the the full-size basement. The 1680 square foot home is designed to accommodate for sloping terrain and can be used with...

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Recipes by Lodge Cast Iron

Zucchini Fritters

1 pound zucchini (8 to 10 small or 2 large), ends trimmed 1 cup (4 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 large egg, beaten Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon Kosher salt and freshly ground...

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“Salad” of Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Sherry

2 pounds Brussels sprouts 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1/4 pound sliced bacon, cut across into strips 2 shallots, minced 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Bring a large pot of very...

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Florida Blueberry Cobbler

Serves 6 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup self-rising flour 1 cup whole milk 2 cups fresh blueberries, picked over for stems, rinsed, and patted dry Vanilla bean ice cream, for serving Place the butter in a 10-inch cast...

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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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Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

  Two-time National Cornbread Cook-off winner Lori Stephens of Hendersonville, Tennessee, won with this recipe in 2010 with her over-the-top version of sliders using a cast iron manufactured by Lodge Cast Iron. The 2018 cook-off is April 28. This recipe and is...

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Lodge Cast Iron Introduces 5-item Wildlife Series

    Lodge Cast Iron, a Tennessee company whose recipes are features in Honest Abe Living, recently released a new Custom Imprint Wildlife Series with four skillets and a griddle. The five-piece collection includes a deer, duck, moose, freshwater fish and a bear.   ...

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Upside-Down Salsa Cornbread

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 Filling: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 teaspoon chilli...

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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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Simple Berry Skillet Cobbler

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 One 10-ounce bag individually frozen raspberries or 1 pint fresh berries 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2...

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Corn Dip

2 (11-ounce) cans Mexicorn (corn kernels with red and green peppers) 1 (10-ounce) can shoepeg corn  3 green onions, chopped 1 cup sour cream 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon ground cumin Fresh lime juice to taste Salt and black pepper to taste...

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The Lodge Book of Dutch Oven Cooking Wins

SEOPA’s Best Outdoors Book Award The Lodge© Book of Dutch Oven Cooking earned The Best Outdoor Book Award from the Southeastern Press Associated (SEOPA) during the organization’s 2017 annual meeting held October 18-20 at Kentucky Dam Village in Gilbertsville, KY.   ...

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Winter Vegetable Chili

3 T. vegetable oil 1 med. onion, chopped 2 med. garlic cloves, very finely chopped 2 large red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers, seeded & cut into ½” pieces 4 small parsnips, peeled and cut into ½” pieces 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½” pieces 1 med. sweet...

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Wiener Schnitzel

4 (4- to 5-ounce) veal cutlets Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk 1 1/2 cups fine dry breadcrumbs, or more if needed Sunflower oil 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges 4 sprigs fresh flat-leaf...

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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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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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Spinach, Tomato and Bacon Frittata

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 Nonstick cooking spray 1 lb. sliced bacon 4 oz. baby spinach 1/4 c. halved cherry tomatoes 15 medium...

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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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Crusty Bacon and Cheese Bread

3 c. unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for sprinkling on dough and flouring hands 1 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt 1 1/4 c. water 1/4 tsp. instant yeast 1/2 lb. sliced bacon, cooked until crispy, drained, and crumbled or chopped 2 c. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar...

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Duck Breast with Sugar Snap Peas and Mushrooms

Duck Breast with Sugar Snap Peas and Mushrooms – 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 4 duck breasts (6 to 8 ounces each) Salt and freshly...

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Dutch Oven Danish Cake

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 Cake: 3  cups cake flour 4  teaspoons baking powder 1/2  teaspoon salt 3/4  cup vegetable shortening 1...

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Gooey Chocolate Skillets – Cooking with Lodge

Gooey Chocolate Dessert Baked in 5" Skillets 1 (9-oz.) package chocolate wafers 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter 3/4 c. bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao) 3/4 c. sugar 1/3 c. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract 2 large eggs, beaten Vanilla ice cream,...

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Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad

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  jalapeno chile, sliced 1/4  cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/4  cup plus 1 tablespoon olive...

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Grilled Margherita Pizza

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  (14 1/2-ounce) can crushed tomatoes with or without basil, drained. 2  garlic cloves, minced Sea...

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Hannah’s Apple Pancake

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 1/4  cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1/4  cup milk 1 apple (Hannah prefers Golden Delicious) 1...

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Lemon-Lavender Pound Cakes

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 2  lemons 1 1/2  cups sugar, preferably superfine 1 1/2  cups cake flour (whisk it first before...

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Nannie’s Catfish Cakes & Come Back Sauce

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  sleeve premium saltine crackers 2  tablespoons butter 1/4  cup finely diced onion 1/4  cup finely...

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Pan-Fried Fajita Steaks

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 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons kosher...

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Pear Tarte Tatin Recipe from Lodge Cast Iron Cookware

Butter piecrust: 1 c. all-purpose flour  1/2 tsp. fine sea salt 2 T. sugar 6 T. unsalted butter 2 to 4 T. ice cold water Pear filling: 4 small pears, or more as needed (Green Anjou or Bosc pears are best) Juice from 1 lemon 1 1/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. water 2 T. unsalted...

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Polish Pork And Cabbage Stew

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 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 1 cup warm water 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 5 ounces thick...

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Red Quinoa with Roasted Acorn Squash

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 acorn squash (1 to 2 pounds) 1 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 c. red quinoa, rinsed under cold running...

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Tender Venison Roast

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  (4-pound) venison or beef roast 1  cup plus 2 teaspoons hot water 1 (1-ounce) envelope dry onion...

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Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Fresh Raspberries

2 whole (4 halves) skin-on, boneless duck breasts (about 1/2 lb. each) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pt. fresh raspberries or pitted sweet or sour cherries, depending on what’s in season 2 T raspberry vinegar 1/2 t sugar Preheat the oven to 350°. Score the...

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Featured Event

Fall Tour 2018 Hosted by Honest Abe Cookeville

A variety of log and timber frame homes will be open to the public on Aug. 25 during the fall tour 2018 hosted by Honest Abe Log Homes Cookeville. The tour includes several Honest Abe log homes and timber frame homes constructed across four decades. The featured log...

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