The Book: Your Log House
5. Log Acquisition
“Where do you get your logs?”
is a frequently asked question. The answers can vary
from region to region. The ideal source is, of course,
one’s own property or homestead if it boasts a
good stand of suitably large and straight conifers.
Usually, the prospective builder will have to bring
his logs in from a source off his property. I will list
a number of sources to pursue, keeping in mind that
local geography, timbered land tenure and ownership,
and a host of other regional factors will come into
play in the search for building logs. Some suggestions
- Obtain a cutting permit from the
appropriate government agency, such as the Forest
Service, to cut timber on government reserves.
- Make arrangements to clear forested
right-of-ways for developers putting forested private
land into commercial use.
- Purchase suitably sorted logs from:
a. Private logging companies or sawmills.
b. Companies specializing in pole cutting and commercial
c. Private log structure builders who have a good
supply and understand your needs and specifications.
- Bid on suitable stands of timber
as they become available for sale or auction. This
will necessitate marketing the unsuitable logs, as
well as getting involved in the many facets of a logging
- Import logs from the nearest state,
province, or country.
I have employed most of these methods
to greater or lesser degrees and have found the cost
of the tree standing is negligible. The handling by
way of falling, skidding, and transporting is where
the cost is. Therefore, I find the most practical and
least time-consuming method is to simply purchase logs
of my specifications and settle on a price which includes
delivery to my building site.