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What’s the Difference? How Handcrafted and Milled Logs Compare

The differences between handcrafted logs and milled logs
by Log Home Living magazine staff

handcrafted logs

What is a Handcrafted Log?
Common characteristics of handcrafted logs:

  • Some bark is left on the log for color variation.
  • Logs are irregularly shaped and vary in size.
  • Each log is cut to conform to the one beneath it.
  • To add character, corner lengths often are not uniform.
  • Sealant or chinking adheres the logs to each other and seals gaps against weather.









What is a Milled Log?
Common characteristics of milled logs:

  • Logs are stripped of all bark for consistent grain and color.
  • Each log is milled to a uniform shape and size.
  • A beveled edge or tongue-and-groove can be used to interlock logs.
  • Corner lengths are uniformly cut for a precise appearance.
  • Chinking often is unnecessary but can be used for aesthetics.
Published in Log Home Living
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3 Responses

  1. is there a difference in fuel efficientcy between handcrafted and milled logs? i do like the character of handcrated logs.

    michael lyttleJuly 9, 2010 @ 8:08 amReply
  2. I would recommend always caulk or chink your milled log home. Wood will contract and expand. Water between the courses will do damage to any log home – milled or handcrafted. It is important to protect your investment with proper care and maintenance – and that starts with making sure your seams are caulked or chinked.

  3. This is not a very accurate comparison in my opinion. It is really rare to have bark left on a handcrafted log home unless it’s asked for by the home owner. Chinking is not always a given in a handcrafted log home either. We always recommend sealing with a thin line of caulking on the inside but chinking a full scribe log home is not a given unless home owners like the look.
    How about the obvious? Handcrafted logs are on average 12″ to 14″ in diameter and milled logs are commonly 6″ to 10″ in diameter.

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