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Log Home Handcrafting

I have talked to people who have ordered a log home and never visited the manufacturer that produced it.  Although a personal visit is not required, if you have the opportunity to visit a company and watch how a log home is created, you will have a whole new appreciation for the building process and the skills of the craftsmen who work the logs by hand.

This video was filmed at the log yard of Montana Log Homes in Kalispell, Mt.  It shows the attention to detail involved in producing a handcrafted log home.  From peeling the logs with a drawknife, cutting channels for wiring, insulation and plumbing, coping ends and notching logs to accept close tolerances, the hands-on process simply cannot be duplicated with machines geared for mass producing homes.

A handcrafted log home is truly an awe inspiring creation.  The only thing better is watching the process come together.  As you could see, much of this work is backbreaking and drastically different than building a conventional home.

7 comments to Log Home Handcrafting

  • Nate R.

    I could watch pros build such things all day long. It really makes you appreciate old world craftsmanship.

  • As you know, I work for Honest Abe, a milled log home company. But I have to say, handcrafted log homes are just awesome to see come together like this. It has it’s own form of beauty to a log home enthusiast. Great clip!

  • Tim

    Very nice. You can see the difference in craftsmanship.

  • Nice! Great video, great craftsmanship. Well done.

    Very interesting to note what is the same and what is different in their methodologies compared to Caribou Creek.

    This video is great timing — I just happened to pass their construction yard this last Saturday on my way back from Glacier. Do you know when the video was actually shot?

  • I was just thinking: Sometimes I wish insurance would let us have a “Logcrafting Practice Area” so that we could hand a scriber, a chainsaw and a set of chaps to a visitor and say, “Here… now you try.” 🙂

    It takes years of practice and skill to get good at this art form. Experienced logcrafters cut to the 16th of an inch with a chainsaw every day. That is basically finish carpentry with a chainsaw! (And on material that has no flat surfaces, tapers from butt to top, can sweep up and down or bow to the side, still has the knots and “cat faces” from the original log….! AND when you get done with one log you start over with a totally different shaped one all over again. RESPECT.)

  • Tom

    Hey Rick:

    Roger on the skill required to produce such results… and with a chainsaw no less. Appreciating such skill was my purpose in showing such videos. When people fully understand the craftsmanship that goes in to such a creation. Your excellent videos on YouTube demonstrate that!

  • Hi Tom,It is nice to see all of the coments on this video clip. In answer to Rick’s question, most of this video is 5-6 years old. We used clips from a promotional video we produced at that time. We are currently working on a home using 20-24″ fire killed spruce logs and when we get a chance I’ll shoot some footage of the handcrafting happening on that particular home. I do have a site at where we display photos of current projects under construction if anyone is interested. Thanks for the compliments! Brad Neu, President Montana Log Homes

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