The log shell delivery has now been pushed back to July 11, 2012. With a handcrafted log home it is hard to estimate exactly when all of the crafting will be done. By June 15th it was apparent that the June 25th target date is not reachable. The yard estimates that it will take another 10 days of crafting. That would put the delivery date over the week of the 4th of July. Due to the Holiday we decided to take delivery the week of July 9th.
The logs are up to the eighth row now. The header logs over the door and windows openings are recessed. The log shell needs another row set on top and then the roof system.
Here is one of the header logs being cut out for the window. The Saddle Notch is visible on the far end of the log.
Here we can see more of the log. Notice how straight the cut it. Also more logs have been notched to the right.
This photo is taken from inside the great room . The eighth row is notched for the arches over the hallway and the living room closet. Features like these make a home very dramatic. The logs in the front corner are also cut back for the fireplace.
Part of the handcrafted log homes is all the hand peeling. Here the large beams for the roof are being peeled. The traditional draw knife is still the method we use. The log shell is visible in the background.
Peeling removes the outer bark and reveals the white sapwood underneath. The grain of the wood is very rich!
Handcrafted log homes require patients and care. It is more important to keep very high quality and attention to detail than it is to rush and meet the first delivery date. Construction times are only estimates and delays are part of building.