Full Scribed Log Homes
The technique used to build a full scribed log
home is the traditional 'Scandinavian Full Scribe Method'
using a specific notched corner system, either a Saddle Notch or
Round Notch, the lateral part of the logs are scribed together to
form an air tight join,this method has been used throughout the
world for some 800-1000 years,Great Bear Log Homes are now using
the modern method developed by 'Lloyd Beckedorf known
Double Cut Long Groove System' . If
we were able to travel back 600 years in time and bring back an old
Norwegian Log Craftsmen with us he would be capable of integrating
into a modern log building yard, however just having to adapt to
few newer methods and improved modern tools of todays era such as
the Chainsaw, this basically means the tools and techniques we use
today are the same as what were used 800-1000 years ago
Great Bear Log Homes log craftsmen are
highly-skilled and have been hand-crafting log homes for many
years. Handcrafting a log home means that the logs
retain their unique 'character' and are
'naturally tapered'. They haven't been milled to conform to a
uniform shape and thickness,as is done with Milled or Engineered
Log Home styles.
Our handcrafted homes are first built in our log
yard where the builders can take advantage of a great selection of
logs and heavy equipment to move them.
When logs arrive in our yard, they are stripped
of their bark and cleaned with a pressure washer,this aid's in the
drying process and eliminate potential blue stain problems.
The next step is integrating these logs into the
log work shell. Each log is individually scribed, notched and then
fitted into position.
This is where the skill is required, so that the
notching of each log is visibly air tight- this scribing technique
is nearly a lost art.
Handcrafted log homes have a more natural
appearance than milled or engineered logs.
Our handcrafted logs have no milling marks and
are full-length, not pieced or butted-together in the wall. Full
length logs, means we are able to use logs from 12-16 meters