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Handcrafted vs Milled

Handcrafted/Milled ~ The Difference:

Milled logs are the same diameter from one end to the other. They enter log processing as a kant or a square of timber, not as a log, and are shaped with milling machines (typically, a Pandu mill). D-log profiles, butt and pass joints are almost exclusively milled construction. You can get cope cut profiles, and saddle notches in milled systems too.

Handcrafted logs have the natural taper of the log retained. Typical styles include round log scribe fit, round log chinked, and hand hewed with hand fit dovetail corners. Handcrafted logs are fit using hand held tools, such as chainsaws, log scribes, chisels, ax, and so forth. Logs are stacked, alternating butt and tops to get a level building at the roof line. Handcrafted techniques are centuries old, primarily from the Nordic, European, and Baltic regions.

Hand peeled logs are not automatically handcrafted. Some of the milled companies confuse consumers by marketing hand peeled logs as handcrafted construction. You can take log siding or milled logs and hand peel them. Of course, you do hand peel handcrafted logs, but you also fit them using hand held tools, which is what makes them handcrafted.


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