LOG STACK SIDING

Log Stack Siding is the use of sleepers or hand hewn timbers from 18th century colonial America to create the look of a log cabin, but with the ability to have the insulation and construction of a modern building. By working up from to end, so as to leave the ends or tails full, the timbers are split.  The material is then used as horizontal siding, with the full ends coming together to form the corner of the building - just like a traditional log cabin.  Due to the corner log stack, there is a small gap between each siding piece which is filled with chinking to seal the gaps between the logs.

Aged, rough hewn siding make a natural companion for a pristine mountain setting.

The organic textures and natural warmth felt with hand hewn beams evoke a connection to the past, a simpler time that is hard to resist. A bold and distinctly real rustic style.

Hand Hewn HardwoodsTypically done when sawmills were unavailable or impractical, hand hewing yields a more primitive lumber appearance.  This method required an adze (an axe- like tool with the blade placed perpendicular to the handle) and a broad axe to transform a round tree into a square beam, by hand. The broad axe was used to score the length of tree trunks with evenly spaced notches then the adze was used to knock off the pieces of wood left between each notch. This is what gives hand hewn beams their trademark, checkerboard roughness.  Some beams will display heavier textures or deeper axe marks. This can be attributed to both the species (and its associated hardness) and the original woodworker.

Rough sawn lumber will have natural weathering and texture, but the timbers were originally sawn rather than hand hewn. Generally this implies that the reclaimed piece was being used as a structural member.  Rough saw marks may be from pit sawing, circular sawing or band sawing.  The rough sawn material is a great alternative to it's more rustic hand hewn counterpart.

This material has already stood the test of time and has unmatched stability and durability. 

  • Staining from metal is common. 
  • There will be moderate to frequent knots largely ranging in size from small to large. 
  • High character visibility includes nail holes, mineral stains, cracks and splits, and evidence from previous worm and insect activity.
  • Expect the material to have width thickness, width, and length variance within each timber and from timber to timber.

The authenticity of natural aging, natural growth patterns, and worm/insect holes cannot be matched by modern machining and distressing techniques. 

Source: Colonial Aged Agrarian barns from the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains

Species: A variety of species are available.  Customer's may specify Mixed Hardwoods, or Mixed Softwoods.

Grade:  This material has already stood the test of time and has unmatched stability and durability. 

  • Staining from metal is common. 
  • There will be moderate to frequent knots largely ranging in size from small to large. 
  • High character visibility includes nail holes, mineral stains, cracks and splits, and evidence from previous worm and insect activity.
  • Expect the material to have width thickness, width, and length variance within each timber and from timber to timber.

The authenticity of natural aging, natural growth patterns, and worm/insect holes cannot be matched by modern machining and distressing techniques. 

Options: Hand Hewn Faces with Natural Edges or Hand Hewn Faces with Square Edges

Install: The timbers come as-is to be sawn on site.  This is recommended, allowing the contractor the ability to fit the siding on the building as it comes off of thesaw, to create the most authentic look. Moisture Content: Our timbers typically leave the warehouse around 10-11%. Antique timber is typically much drier than new wood due to the time it has had to acclimate and dry through the center in it's previous structure. If specific moisture contents are desired we can provide kiln drying for additional cost.

Insect Control: Per request, we treat wood members in a kiln where we raise the interior temperatures of the wood to the levels recommended by the US Forest Service for insect eradication.

What to Expect: Thicknesses and widths will vary with Hand Hewn timbers.  There will be a natural taper in sleeper material from the tree they were hewn from. Timber is sold by the board foot and full length timbers will be provided.