WALL LOGS

Premium Log Home Kits from California

Wall log and timber profiles are used for building walls, gables and dormers. At Sierra Log & Timber, we produce three styles of beautiful wall log profiles in different sizes: ROUND, "D," and TIMBER. Our California log home packages experts are known for our standard practice of hand peeling or hand hewing the logs or timbers to give the home a more natural and beautiful look.

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The pictures above are of our full-size displays in our Design Studio in Chico, California. These demonstrate the wall log profiles, surface texture, species, notching, and the anatomical installation of window buck & trim. The pictures from left to right are: ROUND LOGS with Marvin Integrity (fiberglass) window (pic 1), "D" Logs with Pella vinyl window (pic 2), TIMBER LOGS with Pella wood/clad window (pic 3).

Cutting Method

Wall logs are cut for the project using either our proprietary Smart Cut method or random lengths. The Smart Cut approach allows us a number of very beneficial qualities for you: Longer logs, less butt joints, sending multiple trucks with only logs that are needed, and a faster build with less waste. Builders love this method!

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An example of a panel map of our Smart Cut (pic 1), a picture of the corresponding labels on the logs (pic 2), and a unit (pic 3) with corresponding tags are shown below (different projects).

Round Logs

We produce round logs two different ways: Swedish Cope logs, which have a more traditional look (shown above), and Tongue & Groove (T&G) logs, which can be recognized by their more mechanical and precise appearance. Both of these styles of logs are round on both the interior and exterior of the home, and both look the same except for the tail ends. The Swedish Cope and T&G are the terms used for how the logs join together, this is called "log to log joinery." This log profile is finished off, and we recommend either caulking or chinking both sides of the wall.

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(pic 1) 10" ROUND COPE (ext with std peeled surface), (pic 2) 10" ROUND COPE (int with std peeled surface)

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Caulked and stained over (pic 1), formal chinking line on top of stain (pic 2)

Round Log Specs

LOG DIAMETER SIZES - 8", 9", 10" (most popular), 12", 13" 
LOG STACK HEIGHT - 1" less than size (i.e.: 10" log stacks 9") 
LOG WIDTH - Full width (i.e.: 10" log width is 10") 
LOG LENGTHS - Up to 20' (standard) with the ability to make up to 32' long in Cedar and 50' in Pine 
LOG WALL CUT - We can produce the logs for a home in either a random fashion of 8' to 20' lengths or we can cut them using our Smart Cut method. A "no-butt joint" option is available with this log. 
LOG GRADE - wall logs are "TP Wall Log 40 & better", headers, beams etc. "TP Premium"

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LOG SPECIES

Incense Cedar (pic 1 - our specialty ), Standing Dead Lodgepole Pine (pic 2)

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LOG SURFACE

Two types of a hand-peeled natural look are standard for us: Standard peel (our standard, shown in pic 1 & most of the pics shown) or aggressive peel (pic 2) . Smooth is an alternative (not shown).

LOG JOINERY

Swedish cope (pic 1), tongue & groove (pic 2) (tongue is typically 1/2' wide x 3/8" tall (this size may vary due to log size)

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LOG NOTCHED CORNERS

Saddle notch corners

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LOG POST CORNERS & WALLS

Log post & beam wall (pics 1 & 3), log post & beam wall with the log post flat surface preparation with "Henry air-bloc & butyl flashing" (pics 2), log post flat surface preparation with "Henry air-bloc LF & Henry blueskin butyl flashing" (pic 3). NOTE: the flat surface preparation that is shown is a Sierra/Henry partnership exclusive waterproofing design to prevent checking from channeling water into the home. No other company in the country approaches waterproofing of posts like we do at Sierra Log & Timber!

LOG STRUCTURAL GRADING (options)

Appearance grade (standard), "TP SRT #1" & "TP SRT #2" (optional)

D Logs

"D" logs are produced with the exterior being rounded and the interior flat. These are "Tongue & Groove" type logs. Our 6x8 log has the typical single T&G down the center of the log. The larger sizes use a double T&G with the tongue closest to the exterior pushed to the arc forming a weather bock. This is our "Weather Block" T&G (shown above) which blocks the weather from touching the flat surface of the log (unique to us and very effective).

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(pic 1) 7"x10" D (ext with std peeled surface), (pic 2) 7"x10" D (int with hewn surface)

D Log Specs

LOG SIZES - 6"X8" (least expensive), 8"x8", 7"x10" (most popular), 8"x10", 10"x10", 8"x12", 10"x12" 
LOG STACK HEIGHT - 1" less than height (i.e.: 7"x10" log stacks 9") 
LOG WIDTH - 1/2" less than width (i.e.: 7"x10" log width is 6 1/2") 
LOG LENGTHS - Up to 20' (standard) with the ability to make up to 32' long in Cedar 
LOG WALL CUT - We can produce the logs for a home in either a random fashion of 8' to 20' lengths or we can cut them using our Smart Cut method. 
LOG GRADE - Wall logs are "TP Wall Log 40 & better", headers, beams etc. "TP Premium" 
LOG SPECIES - Incense Cedar (our specialty )

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LOG SURFACE

Exterior - Hand peel, our standard (pic 1), smooth (pic 2), & aggressive peel (not shown).

Interior - smooth (pic 3), hand hewn, our standard (pic 4)

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LOG JOINERY

Tongue & groove -Standard single T&G (pic 1), "Weather Blok" double T&G (pic 2 & 3)

 Tongue is typically 1/2' wide x 3/8" tall. This size may vary from log size to log size.

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LOG NOTCHED CORNERS

Dovetail (pic 1) (our standard), saddle notch corners (pic 2), butt & pass (pic 3)

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LOG & TIMBER POSTED CORNERS & WALLS

Log posted corner (pic 1), log post flat surface preparation with "Henry air-bloc & butyl flashing" (pic 2), log post and beam wall (pic 3), timber post flat surface preparation with "Henry air-bloc LF & Henry blueskin butyl flashing" (pic 4). NOTE: the flat surface preparation that is shown is a Sierra/Henry partnership exclusive waterproofing design to prevent checking from channeling water into the home. No other company in the country approaches waterproofing of posts like we do!

Timber Logs

Timber logs are produced with both a flat exterior and a flat interior. We profile these logs in a variety of flat designs: Channel on exterior with V groove interior (standard, shown above), channel on both sides, or V groove on both sides. These are "Tongue & Groove" style logs. The channel design incorporates our "Weather Block" T&G (shown above) which blocks the weather from touching the flat surface of the log and can be either a single or double T&G, depending on the width of the log. In the typical design, the double V groove uses a single or a double T&G set at the center of the log.

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(pic 1) 6"x10" TIMBER (exterior with hewn surface), (pic 2) 6"x10" TIMBER (interior with hewn surface)

Timber Log Specs

TIMBER SIZES - 4"x8" (least expensive), 6"x8", 8"x8", 5"x10", 6"x10", 7"x10", 8"x10", 10"x10", 6"x12", 8"x12", 10"x12" 
TIMBER STACK HEIGHT - 1" less than height (i.e.: 6"x10" timber stacks 9") 
TIMBER WIDTH - 1/2" less than width (i.e.: 6"x10" timber width is 5 1/2") 
TIMBER LENGTHS - Up to 20' (standard) with the ability to make up to 32' long in Cedar 
TIMBER WALL CUT - We can produce the logs for a home in either a random fashion of 8' to 20' lengths or we can cut them using our Smart Cut method. 
TIMBER GRADE - Wall logs are "TP Wall Log 40 & better," headers, beams etc. "TP Premium" 
TIMBER SPECIES - Incense Cedar

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TIMBER SURFACE

Hand hewn, our standard, either side (pic 1 & 2), smooth, either side) pic 3 & 4)

TIMBER JOINERY

Tongue & groove (pic 1) Tongue is typically 1/2' wide x 3/8" tall. This size may vary from log size to log size. "Weather Blok" single T&G (pic 2), chink block style (pic 3) (Flat on flat with chinking block for a more traditional chinking groove on both sides)

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TIMBER NOTCHED CORNERS

Dovetail (our standard) (pics 1, 2 & 3), butt & pass with corner battens (not shown)

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LOG & TIMBER POSTED CORNERS & WALLS

Timber corners with channels (pic 1), timber post & beam wall (pics 2 & 3). Timber post channels are prepared with "Henry air-bloc LF & Henry blueskin butyl flashing" (pics 1, 3 & 4). NOTE: The flat surface preparation that is shown is a Sierra/Henry partnership exclusive waterproofing design to prevent checking from channeling water into the home. No other company in the country approaches waterproofing of posts like we do!

Timber Products Spec Guide - All wall logs are graded using Timber Products grading standard.

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