CEDAR TALK BLOG

The Life of a Log: HWM Production Process from Start to Finish

At Heartwood Mills, we harvest most of the wood we use to produce quality wood building products right from our back yard (or close to it) in Boyne Falls, Michigan. Our sawmill is busy year-round sawing, kiln drying and machining freshly harvested logs into a wide range of wood building products including log siding, log paneling and wood flooring. In fact, we’ve been so busy lately that we’ve undertaken a mill expansion that will enable us to keep pace with demand.

Take a peek into the mill process and you’ll see how Heartwood Mills combines handcrafting with 21st century technology to efficiently produce superior wood materials for all your building needs.

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The No. 1 Thing to Look for In Log Home Building Materials

heartwood mills log sidingHeartwood Mills’ founder, Bernie Kondrat, learned at a young age the advantage of using a durable wood like Northern White Cedar for building projects. When he was just 8 years old, Bernie helped his grandfather install fences in northern Michigan. The pair used many wood varieties to construct the posts, from Pine and Spruce and Tamarack to Balsam and White Cedar.

When he returned to the woods years later, Bernie noticed one thing: The Northern White Cedar posts remained strong and steadfast; posts constructed from the other wood types suffered deterioration and decay. Bernie isn’t the only person to recognize Northern White Cedar’s strength. Many years before, Native Americans used it to craft their canoes, while pioneers constructed bunk homes from it.

What makes Northern White Cedar so much stronger than other wood varieties in the area? Because Northern White Cedar is a slow-growing wood, it contains a larger section of heartwood — a material so important to wood’s strength and durability that we named our business after it.

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Beveled, Board & Baton and More: Alternative Log Siding Options

Beveled log sidingLog siding comes in almost as many varieties as trees. And just like the trees that log siding is made from, all the different options have their own unique characteristics that will impact the look and feel of a home. Does your client want a traditional log home? Beveled siding may be the route go. Building something sleek and modern? Consider board and baton log siding. This quick rundown of the different types of log siding will help you make the best choice for your clients’ tastes.

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What’s the Difference Between White Cedar and Red Cedar Log Siding?

Northern White Cedar SidingAt first glance, it may be difficult to spot the differences between Northern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar log siding. Both have that spicy aroma that inspires cedar-lined closets, attics and trunks. Both have a similar face grain. And both are trusted for interior and exterior building thanks to their durability and natural resistance to decay and insect damage.

But take a closer look to compare these two wood species for log siding, and you’ll see that though both are great choices, there are notable differences.

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Log Siding Adds Texture and Personality to Inside Spaces

Interior log sidingLog siding can transform any space into a warm, cozy log cabin-feel at a fraction of the price of a traditional stacked log home. There are many ways to use log siding on interior walls to create the design of your client’s dreams. Here are some tips for selecting the right log sizes, textures, and colors for your project.

Sizes

When selecting the sizes and textures of log siding, be sure to choose products that will complement the home design. The most popular sizes of log siding are half log and quarter log. Half log siding is 3” thick and has a more rounded face than quarter log. This size is best for achieving a true log home look indoors and will add lots of natural architectural appeal to any room. Quarter log siding is 2” thick and has a slightly rounded face. This option offers design versatility and allows homeowners to more easily hang artwork to decorate their log or timber frame home.

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