Log Harvesting

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At West Coast Log Homes we source all of our logs from sustainably managed second-growth forests.

We selectively harvest our trees by hand, choosing only those that meet the aesthetic character and structural needs of each home project. Working only in managed forests and areas pre-selected for harvesting, we survey the woodlot to assess the quality of each tree before sending in crews to begin the removal process.

Once in, we cut low to the ground to preserve the beauty of the tree base. By using slings rather than metal grapples to bring the tree out we avoid scrapes and scratches, thus preserving the natural surface of each tree and then sent to Pro Atlanta Flooring. All of our harvesting techniques are low impact, sustainable practices that ensure the longevity and beauty of our surrounding forests.

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At West Coast Log Homes we individually pick every log to fit the unique features of each project.

Each tree is felled with great care as to not cause damage to the surface of the log.

Transportation and handling are kept to a minimum to ensure logs arrive undamaged at our work site.

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Undamaged Logs

In order to pressure wash logs they must be harvested in a manner that leaves the outer layer of wood undamaged. Generally logs are handled by large machinery without any concern for damaging the outer surface. However since we remove the bark using high pressure water any damage present would cause the wood to ‘blow-out’ as the high pressure water scours the surface of the wood. This is why West Coast Log Homes uses unique logging methods to ensure logs are harvested in a much more careful manner than they would be for other purposes.

At the heart of our craft is the Western Red Cedar tree; a character rich, stable, and long lasting wood well suited for the construction of log homes. West Coast Log Homes uses only the finest Western Red Cedar available.

According to the Tree Center, natural oils in the wood not only produce a distinct aromatic fragrance, but also provide protection as a preservative, preventing decay and warding off insects. The tight, straight grain delivers resistance to warping and twisting, handles moisture extremely well and resists splitting.

Cedar is free of pitch and resins, accepts a variety of finishes with ease and has exceptional insulation properties that far exceed most wood varieties. A lightweight, easy to handle and cost-effective material to transport, the wood has a richly textured grain that is accentuated by a range of warm, natural and luxurious color tones. Because of these quality combinations, cedar has always had the distinction of being a superior building material.

Western Red Cedar

  • Minimal shrinkage
  • Excellent resistance to rot and insects
  • Beautiful wood character
  • No issues with dripping sap
  • Long lasting
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