Rustic log furniture is artistic, ecological, and it’s as American as apple pie.
Log Furniture, is a type of rustic furniture which includes the use of whole logs. It is sometimes designed to have a “pioneer” look. Log Furniture is strong and long-lasting. Rustic was once viewed as the only choice for rural families, or those without access to high end furniture stores. Today, log furniture is making a comeback and often in demand by designers – especially those in vacation cabins and ski towns.
Rustic and log furniture from reclaimed wood in increasingly popular. Many styles are available for furnishing their mountain cabins and condos, and country homes. Perhaps our modern, high tech lifestyle contributes to our longing for a more natural and serene home environment.
Custom designed log furniture goes well with all decorating styles. Natural log furniture created by a talented craftsman creates a personalized and warm atmosphere in vacation cabins and condos.
How log furniture is made
Log furniture is made from almost any type of wood. The most popular types of trees used for log furniture include: aspen, hickory, pine, red cedar and walnut.
Log furniture building uses the mortise and tenon method of building, favored for its strength. The mortise and tenon joint has been used for thousands of years by woodworkers around the world to join pieces of wood, mainly when the adjoining pieces connect at a 90 degree angle. It is both simple and strong. The basic mortise and tenon comprises two components: the mortise hole and the tenon tongue. The joint may be glued, pinned, or wedged to lock it in place.
Cracks in logs are referred to as “checks” or “checking” – the run vertically with the grain of the wood. Checking occurs as part of the natural drying process and does not typically affect the strength of the log. Checks can be as much as 3/4 inch in width depending on the diameter of the log.
Some economical lines of log furniture are made by machine and massed produced. If you are looking for a more unique, hand-crafted, and artistic style, you may look for a log furniture artist, such as Keith Fulk, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to build your one-of-a-kind custom furniture or railing.