Wood Species

We believe wood species is important.

Eastern White Pine

At Mill Town Log Cabins we trust the experience our manufcurer, Honest Abe Log Homes, has gained since the family-owned business started in 1979.

Here’s why the Honest Abe Log Homes wood species selected for use in wall logs, log sidings, support posts, blocking, porch posts, porch plates, porch rafters, railings and trim is Eastern White Pine.

 

  • Least resinous of all pines.

Few instances of “bleeding” logs

  • Stable – doesn’t shrink or swell significantly with changes in moisture

Less settling to contend with in log walls

  • Is a major species for reforestation.

Renewable resource

  • Affordable.

Lower cost for log package

  • One of the most used wood species in the log home industry.

Time tested and proven

  • One of the highest R-values of all wood species.

Superior energy efficiency

  • Easy to work and mill.

Results in a precisely milled, excellent fitting product

  • Moderately light in weight.

Easier to handle without the use of heavy equipment

  • Strong.

Especially suited for strong log walls

  • Warps and checks less than other species.

Fewer construction concerns and more aesthetically pleasing walls

  • Durable.

Dependable over time

  • Moderately resistant to rot and insects.

Properly maintained, will last a lifetime

  • Readily accepts decorative stains and protective finishes.

Ensures simplicity of application and longevity of finish

Photo of great room of WagonTrail Log Cabin with soaring ceiling window exterior wall, wood interior walls and matching floors
Photo of exterior of Wagontrail log cabin showing the entrance staircase

The first log homes manufactured by Honest Abe were made from Yellow Poplar logs, just as the homes of early settlers to our company’s native Tennessee had been. Poplar, however, proved less than ideal for modern log home manufacturing.

A difficult wood to mill, it cracked excessively and was hard to obtain in longer lengths. Several other wood species were tried by Honest Abe.

Yellow Pine, which is still in use today by many log home companies, twisted and warped, and was quickly rejected by Honest Abe. Hemlock was difficult to mill and splintered badly.

Finally, Eastern White Pine proved to be the wood with the most favorable characteristics and has been used exclusively by Honest Abe since.

Jackie Cherry, Honest Abe Log Homes VP

40+ years with Honest Abe

Douglas Fir

Here’s why we use Douglas Fir for heavy timber rafters, collar ties, wall-tie trusses, ceiling beams, girders and timber frame components.

  • Most plentiful of all North American softwood species
    Abundance equals affordability
  • Naturally dimensionally stable. Has the ability to season well in position.
    Virtually eliminates twisting of timbers
  • Superior strength to weight ratio
    Ideally suited for structural beams
  • Excellent nail and plate holding capacity
    Necessary in rafter design
  • High degree of resistance to deflection
    Important in the design of floor and roof systems
  • Documented superior performance against natural forces such as winds, storms and earthquakes
    Peace of mind in potentially dangerous situations
  • Has tight knots and is close-grained.
    Knots less likely to loosen or fall out
  • Moderate durability
    Rugged, withstands abuse
  • Natural beauty
    Reddish tint provides pleasing contrast to pine within the structure
  • Readily accepts decorative stains and protective finishes .
    Ensures simplicity of application and longevity of finish