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Here is some information on some of the types of woods used in log homes and log cabins:
Pros: The eastern variety of White Pine is light in color, has a straight grain, and is easy to work with.
Cons: It is hard to find long straight lengths of White Pine. It resists twisting.
Pros: The Heartwood of old-growth Cypress is quite resistant to decay. Cypress is fairly strong.
Cons: The wood is expensive.
Pros: Douglas Fir is moderately priced and very strong.
Cons: Since Douglas Fir is a softwood, it is prone to gouges and dents.
Pros: Hemlock is fairly heavy and hard which makes it less likely to twist or bow.
Pros: Yellow Pine is fairly inexpensive. It is easy to work with and moderately resistant to decay.
Cons: Yellow Pine is prone to shrinking and warping, more so than other species.
Other woods used in log homes:
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