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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.

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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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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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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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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Crossville Model Featured on Cover of March Log Home Living

   Honest Abe Log Homes’ Crossville Model Home is featured on the cover of the March issue of Log Home Living, which features a story and an 8-page photo spread showcasing Honest Abe designer Michael Hix's award-winning Cambridge floor plan design.     "It's highly...

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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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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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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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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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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...

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Designer Hix Featured in Hometown News

Macon County resident Michael Hix, a designer for Honest Abe Log Homes, has been recognized with the highest award presented for log home industry design. Honest Abe was the first place winner of the 2016 Jerry Rouleau Award for Excellence in Home Design in the...

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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 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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Virginia Mountain Dream Home Realized

Wayne and Cindy Parent built their dream home in Roseland, Va., in 2014. “We believe the warmth and beauty of a log home cannot be matched by any other type of conventional construction,” Wayne said. “Living in a log home was a long-time goal of ours, and it has been...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Honest Abe Home in Log Home Living

See an Honest Abe home in Log Home Living magazine. One of Honest Abe Log Homes' beautiful creations is featured in the July issue of Log Home Living as part of the Dream Home Showcase. Pick up your copy and read about this amazing home. Here's a sneak peak at the...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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 homes far below are...

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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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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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Honest Abe recently built a new model home in Crossville.

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 by Liz Engel Clark, Editor, Upper Cumberland Business Journal CUMBERLAND COUNTY – It’s a vast array of peaked rooftops, exposed timber and an expanse of porches – 1,700 square feet in all – but perhaps the most important feature in Honest Abe’s...

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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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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...

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From the President’s Desk – Log Home Kitchens

Log Home Kitchens Inspiring for Honest Abe President by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes Honest Abe Living, Sept.-Oct. 2014 My passion for our homes was kindled within the warm atmosphere of a small country kitchen many years ago. My aunt and uncle built...

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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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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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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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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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From the President’s Desk

Housing Market Confidence Growing by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes Confidence is a tricky quality. Too little of it leads to stagnation, while excess can give way to an arrogance that blurs reality. This holds true for my personal life, and it seems...

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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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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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Honest Abe Log Homes Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Honest Abe Log Homes and I have something in common.  We’re both 35 years old.  We were born into a struggling economy, where we learned to crawl, walk and eventually run, defying its intent to slow us down. We remember historical events that impacted our futures and...

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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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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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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...

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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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Denton Awarded President Emeritus Status

A special ceremony was recently held at Honest Abe Log Homes to honor Rick Denton (picture above, right, with Honest Abe founder Doug Smith), who was awarded president emeritus status. In recognition of his dedicated past, combined with the continued positive impact...

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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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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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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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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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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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Honest Abe Monthly Receives National Recognition

Honest Abe Monthly Receives National Recognition and Honest Abe Log Homes received numerous national home building accolades as part of the 2013 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design presented by the Building Systems Councils (BSC) and the...

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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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Honest Abe on Cover of Log Cabin Homes Magazine

The Honest Abe home of Janet and Grady Wilson just made the cover of Log Cabin Homes November issue!  The featured article in the issue deals with trends, and Honest Abe’s Bellewood floor plan (which the Wilson home was based from) is featured specifically. It can be...

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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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Featured Event

Special Events Inform and Inspire in 2019

Last year hundreds of people attended special events hosted by Honest Abe Log Homes. During the company’s 40th Anniversary year in 2019 there’s even more to offer log and timber frame home enthusiasts.Log RaisingsThe 2019 calendar of free events kicks off on Feb. 2...

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