The log cabin craze is gaining momentum every year and hand-hewn cabins are one of the favorite profiles. Our pioneer ancestors made cabins this way because many of them had no saws to do the work. They used specially forged axes and draw knives to remove the bark and shape the logs to size.

Cabins made with vinyl, aluminum, steel, and cement siding don’t do cabins justice. They look fake and do not represent the true spirit of wood cabins or homes. You can have the hand-hewn full log look with pine log siding without hewing the logs yourself and the full log cost. The following ideas remind us why the natural, hand-made log cabins appeal to us.

Prefinished log siding

For a Natural Log Siding Look, Hand-hewn Siding Has the Bark Removed

Occasionally, you see a log cabin made with logs that still have the bark on them. This ‘shaggy’ appearance is not what discriminating cabin owners want. As time goes by, pieces of bark fall off and make a messy yard. Once bark comes off, you never know what undesirable imperfections may show up. Avoid these negatives by using siding that has the bark removed to reveal the natural knots, grains, and color.

Modern manufacturing methods remove the bark more efficiently. By doing so, the logs are then shaped to a uniform size with other woodworking machinery with the result as being a smoother surface, which then can be hewn to look like authentic pioneer logs.

Prefinished Log Siding are Like Fingerprints: No Two Are the Same

We’ve all learned that no two human fingerprints are the same and the same goes for Mother Nature’s trees and logs. They vary in several ways to break up any monotony in the siding:

  • Knots vary in size, color, and location on the log siding
  • The grain patterns present themselves in different ways and directions
  • Colors vary from light to darker shades in the same log
  • The hewing is not a boring repetition of the same shape cuts in each log

The hands-on skills used by the pioneers are replicated with our modern woodworking methods and equipment. Each piece of siding is kiln dried in our mill to the correct moisture content and to create the best materials for staining. Each is also hand-inspected for quality so you are pleased with everything you order.

Timber log siding Looks Like It Was Shaped by Hand with an Axe

Natural log siding

So you may better appreciate what the pioneers went through, let’s look at a sample hand-hewing process most of them used in the following steps.

  • After felling and gathering the trees round up the tools and accessories needed.
  • Use axes, an adz, or a broad axe if you have one, log dogs, marking and measuring tools.
  • Secure the log with log dogs or a wood support base.
  • Saw the ends square if you have a saw, otherwise use an axe.
  • Mark each log for straight square logs or straight round logs.
  • ‘Score’ or chip out notches every few feet to the depth of your desired thickness.
  • Use the axe to chop off the top of the log to the right depth, rotate the log, and continue until the end.

Use a drawknife to smooth up any rough surface areas to give the logs a finished look. You can see this is a lot of work, sweat, and tears to fashion all the logs for a complete cabin. Our milled log siding replicates these steps and all you have to do is secure it to the sides of your cabin.

Log siding installation: Well Made Hand-hewn Siding Stacks Well to Eliminate Gaps

Types of log siding

One advantage of today’s hand-hewn siding is that it is milled to uniform sizes and shapes. This consistency in size eliminates chinking to weather proof and seal the gaps between boards. Of course, you can chink between siding boards to present an old-timely look shown in this cabin photo.

It’s recommended you seal the joints between the logs, around windows and doors, and the eaves. Seal the siding to protect it from the elements and prevent it from turning a black color. Find out more about how pioneers built round and squared-log cabins and homes.

“You can have the hand-hewn full log look with pine log siding without hewing the logs yourself and the full log cost.”

Pine Is a Natural Product Used For Different Types of Log Siding

Pine is one of nature’s best woods for hand-hewn log cabin siding. It’s sustainable because it’s harvested from federally controlled tree farms, and these trees will be there for future  generations. Pine is easier to work with than hardwoods, is less expensive, and the finished product looks terrific.

When it’s time to buy, order all your log siding, log trim, corners, paneling, interior trims, and much more from one convenient online supplier – the WoodWorkers Shoppe in Comins, Michigan. We stand behind all our quality products and want to provide you with the best service possible. Contact us soon for all your log cabin product needs.

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