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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • How to Lend Your home a Rustic Decor Theme

    Versatile ChandeliersRustic decor is a look that many people aspire to or choose as a theme when decorating or redecorating part of their home. They choose the style because it is homely, simple and can lead to a warm and welcoming space.

    The first thing to examine when looking to decorate in a rustic style is what the term ‘rustic decor‘ means to you. For many people it conjures up visions of log cabins, country farmhouses and Shaker style kitchens. However, most of us now do not have exposed wooden beams in our houses, and so we must tailor our rustic decor to suit the architectural style of our surroundings.

    True rustic decor comes in various different themes and time periods. You could, for example, choose a colonial or country theme, or pick a romantic Victorian theme.

    Colonial and country decor is based on a very utilitarian style. Items are practical and useful, and decoration and themes are simple and clean. A country or colonial themed room can be dressed with items such as handmade quilts and tablecloths, earthenware pottery, and ‘folk art‘ style paintings. For the more extreme decorator, you could choose a conversation piece such as a stuffed moose head or pair or antlers!

    Victorian style rustic decor is more romantic and not quite so utilitarian. Try dressing your room with wicker baskets, and look for flounced or ruffled curtains, tablecloths and bedding. Think beautifully embroidered white bedding on a dark framed wooden bed, or delicate flower sprigged curtains in a kitchen.

    The advantage of rustic decor as a theme for your interior design project is that you can do as much or as little as you like. The whole room or house can be rustic themed, or you can simply use a few carefully selected accent pieces to bring a rustic feel to a neutrally decorated room.

    You can even use functional rustic pieces to recreate the lifestyle of the period – many old fashioned pastimes are getting a new lease of life and can be integrated into your theme. For example, why not purchase an old fashioned table based sewing machine, or even a spinning wheel? Or for a less extreme solution, how about a wicker basket in your room to keep your knitting wool and knitting needles in?

    One of the keys to a rustic theme is to include plenty of natural materials. These can be functional (wooden blinds, wicker baskets) or decorative (a dried flower centerpiece, or a spray of twigs in a vase). The natural materials can be used to achieve the impression of ‘bringing the outside inside,’ which is used to great effect by many of the decorators and room designers on television design programmes.

    The key to rustic décor is to do what works for you. Don’t shy away from including something in your theme because you don’t feel it counts as traditional rustic; just integrate it into your overall design. There are no hard and fast rules for a rustic theme, so get designing and enjoy it!

    Are you looking to lend your home a rustic touch? Then drop by where we offer a wide variety of free rustic decor tips and advice.

  • Rustic Log Patio Furniture Considerations

    Lounge on these Rockers all AfternoonA nice looking patio is useless if you cannot enjoy it properly and some rustic log patio furniture may be just the answer for that. Pine and cedar furniture that is designed specifically for the outdoors not only looks great but it is also extremely functional. Not only will the rustic touch add to the overall image of your patio and garden, but you will also enjoy all the comforts of your home outdoors.

    Rustic furniture is one of the hottest trends in home decorating and chances are it will still be fashionable years and years from now. Pine and cedar wood is mostly used to manufacture rustic log patio furniture, but other types of wood might also be used. One of the main concerns related to outdoor furniture is the effect of the elements on the wood and coating, as well as on other accessories and parts. To answer such problems, most outdoor furniture manufacturers offer items that are waterproof and that age in a graceful manner under the sun’s rays.

    Items to consider as your rustic log patio furniture

    Chairs are, of course, the number one furniture item that comes to mind when thinking of the outdoors. Enjoy the beauty of your garden in a traditional or Adirondack style chair. You can get an unvarnished wooden chair if you want to keep your home as rustic as possible, or you can go with a soft weathered paint or exterior coated chair. Ottomans are another item of rustic log patio furniture that you could put on your “to buy” list. Not only do they offer excellent comfort, ottomans are also more stylish than chairs and they improve the visual aspect of your patio. Footrests are a popular item to buy alongside ottomans and chairs.

    Rocker chairs are exclusive and fun, plus you can use a blanket to make them soft and cozy and spend hours admiring the view of your garden or yard. And if you wish, you can take this even further and purchase a wooden love seat, providing a great place to share memories with the one you love.

    Benches, tables and children’s furniture

    These rustic log patio furniture items should also be on your list if you wish to have a great looking and, at the same time, extremely functional patio. Log style benches are priceless when it comes to seating a lot of guests. Of course, when you are all alone you can also use the bench as a footrest. Tables andcoffee tables are another popular rustic log patio furniture item.

    Rot resistant materials are used in all the mentioned log furniture items and many manufacturers offer insect resistant ones as well. If you have children, why not let them enjoy the patio as much as you do? You can buy small sized rockers, tables and chairs and you can go for natural wood or a variety of lively colors your kids will love.

    If you are interested in learning more about rustic home decor then you will definitely want to drop by Rustic, a resource that offers tips and advice pertaining to country-themed homes.

  • Cedar Lake Collection: Introducing Rustic Log Bathroom Vanities

    Cedar Lake Rustic Bathroom VanitiesIn the search for a rustic log vanity you will come across many styles and collections online.  There are numerous log vanities that look great, but what a lot of our customers do not realize before purchasing is that many of the most popular log vanities online have cabinets and counter tops which are made from furniture grade plywood with a thin veneer.  You can recognize these vanities by reading the descriptions where they will state that they come with a ‘Log Edge Top’ or ‘Slab Style Top’.

    I don’t know about you but I don’t associate thin veneers with rustic furniture in my head.  I think of beefy solid wood furniture that can take a scratch and take a dent and look better for it afterwards.  We decided to redeem people’s visions of solid and durable rustic vanities by taking that beefy solid wood furniture mental image and turning it into Our Cedar Lake collection of rustic bathroom vanities.  These log bathroom vanities are available in two cabin style flavors just like our rustic bedroom dressers and log chests and are built to last a lifetime.

    Our rustic log bathroom vanities are available in various sizes starting at 30” wide and moving up to 72” wide.  We are also more than happy to custom build to specific sizes if the need arises.  We offer various options on the vanities so that you can customize your log bathroom vanity to look exactly the way you want it.

    For our original design for our log bathroom vanities we took inspiration from log cabin homes.  The tongue and groove commonly found on the interior walls, the unique log trim found on staircases, and the thick slab wooden countertops found on bar tops.  The end result is a cabin vanity with a thick and solid countertop with a natural front edge.  This sturdy natural countertop sits on top of the vanity base which has sides made from wooden tongue and groove boards.  We use hand sorted and picked naturally aged hand peeled cedar logs which feature various unique natural characteristics for the log corners.  The smooth gliding drawers are available with flat drawer fronts or you can kick up the rustic style of the vanity by choosing half log drawer fronts.

    For our second design style on our log bathroom vanities we took inspiration from our Cedar Lake Logger collection.  As you may have read about on our blog introducing our Cedar Lake Collection found here:  Article introducing the Cedar Lake Collection, we went all out on the Logger collection.  The same holds true with our Cedar Lake Logger Bathroom Vanities.  We went all out for a true rustic look and feel.

    The Logger bathroom vanities feature half log trim made from our naturally aged cedar logs.  This trim lines all visible sides of the rustic vanity cabinet.  The same half logs will make up the drawer fronts as well.  The authentic antler drawer pulls help glide the drawers open and shut effortlessly and silently on roller bearing glides.  The log vanity top will also be a solid thick slab of wood with a natural wavy front edge.  The sides of the countertop are hand draw knifed and a splash of color will be added with a blow torch.  The countertops are then finished with a liquid glass finish.  The liquid glass finish sets off the colors of the wood and scorch marks from the torch.

    The Cedar Lake Log Bathroom Vanity collection is made to last a lifetime.  No shortcuts are taken in the construction for either rustic vanity style.  When you think of rustic furniture you think of solid furniture and our goal is to have you think of Woodland Creek’s Log Furniture Place Cedar Lake collection.  A collection ofrustic log furniture that has so much unique character that you can look at it again and again and see something unique, previously unnoticed, each time.

  • Review of Rush Creek Log Foosball Table

    We have received quite a few calls on the Rush Creek Log Foosball (table soccer) table that we have on our website –  Everybody wants to know what the quality is like.  In deciding whether or not to carry the Rush Creek line we had looked at and handled a few pieces of their rustic game room furniture – but not the rustic foosball table.  So we ordered a log foosball table for the office so that we could give an official review and have hands on knowledge to give our customers.

    I ordered the log foosball table and it arrived a few days later (typical with the Rush Creek pieces – they ship out quickly).  Upon arrival we found the log cabin foosball table to be packaged quite well in a large single box.  The box and packaging weigh about 115lbs so it was easily manageable with a hand cart/dolly.  Upon opening the box we found the table section pre-assembled with the rest of the pieces packaged together in sections.  Unpacking the pieces and laying them out took roughly 10 minutes.

    The Rush Creek Log Foosball Table is made from kiln dried pine.  There is no question about it being made of pine as the sweet smell of pine will waft through the room immediately upon opening the box.  After reading through the directions I started assembly and after roughly an hour my wife and I had the log foosball table setup, leveled with the adjustable leg levelers and we were ready to play!

    I have to stop and make a note here.  The Rush Creek line of cabin style rec room furniture is dry assembled before it is packaged up.  Once dry assembled lettered stickers are placed on the parts so that when assembled again by the end user all the parts will match up exactly.  We found this to be true, assembly was very easy and I was grateful for the lettered stickers.

    Ordering was simple, shipping was quick, assembly was easy – how is the log foosball table itself?  I decided to not review the rustic foosball table for a while because I wanted to give it some play time.  I figured two weeks would be plenty of time.  Here we are about 6 months later and I’m finally writing the review.

    After 6 months the rustic foosball table is looking and playing like it did on day 1.  It is solid and sturdy and well worth the price in my opinion.  The hollow steel rods are heavy and strong, the pine frame has been holding up like a champ to our strenuous office play matches, err product testing.  Everyone enjoys it and I am very pleased to offer it on our website complete with free shipping.

    I feel the Rush Creek Log Foosball Table will make a perfection addition to any home wanting a bit of a rustic feel to it and to any cabin.  From what we have seen the table is durable enough for rental cabins.  Let your log cabin stand out from the rest, most rental cabins have basic non rustic game furniture in the rec rooms, imprint your cabin in your renter’s minds with this log foosball table.

  • Rustic Furniture: Unique Alternative in Home Decorating

    These Chairs will give your home a fresh lookRustic furniture is usually hand made using the primitive methods of days gone by, leading to unique pieces that have a natural charm. One of the most popular furniture styles right now, it is displayed in homes from Maine to Hawaii, Alaska to Florida. Rustic furniture is usually handmade and not factory produced from wood such as hickory, cypress, cedar and pine wood.

    The word “Rustic” is a wide-ranging term that corresponds to almost any type of furniture or decorating style that has a less refined, “outdoorsy” appearance. Rustic furniture was brought indoors in the Adirondacks during the building boom of the great camps and opulent mountain mansions commissioned by turn-of-the-century magnates. Rustic furnishings literally “spring” from the earth and give a home a homespun look that other furniture just cannot match. Furniture and accessories with a more raw, “rustic” look help create a less formal, “country living” atmosphere where ever they are used. This style of furniture can also blend well with a variety of decorating themes, and are an excellent choice if you are redoing your outdoor living space.

    Every furniture style makes a statement. Rustic furniture comes in many styles, shapes and colors, and most of them say “warm, comfortable and/or inviting.” Quality homemade furniture continues to remain very popular nationwide. It’s no wonder as well – like jazz music, this style of furniture is a true American invented style.

    The rustic style is as valid as any enjoyed today. Whether it be the delicate lines of a Queen Ann highboy, the kitschy boldness of a Louis XV vanity, or the resolute proclamation of a log dining table, rustic furniture can add texture, style, and charm to any home décor. Rustic furniture can add country-style appeal to a guest room, warmth to a game room, or a welcome atmosphere around the fireplace. “Rustic” used to mean “rickety or cheap.” No more. The quality rustic furniture today is all grown up and now even borders on sophisticated and trendy. Beautiful wood, polished logs, and twiggy charm has made “rustic” one of the most popular styles in the market today.

    This kind of furniture is a favorite among those who like to have an “outdoorsy” feel in their gardens or backyards. One of the big reasons people tend to like rustic garden furniture is because it is typically not made in a factory (or if it is, it is made using hand tools one part at a time.) Another feature of it that endears itself to people is the fact that every little imperfect knot or twist in the wood shows up. Some of the types of wood that are often used in building rustic garden furniture are cedar, hickory, cypress, and pine.

    The term “rustic furniture” can mean one of two things: furniture that is handcrafted out of authentic raw materials, or furniture that is built to look handmade. One key to finding unique furniture is to look for furniture that has truly been handcrafted or hand painted. The look and individuality of handcrafted rustic peeled wood furniture cannot be matched by mass-produced furniture offered in many specialty shops. In most cases, each piece of truly rustic furniture is one-of-a-kind in character and materials. Another benefit of handcrafted furniture is that it can be custom made to meet your unique design needs.

    Cedar works wonderfully in rustic furniture. Cedar is used in many places for its comfort, long use, and durability at the cabin, on the patio, in the garden, or most anywhere else outdoors, but it also looks great indoors! One of the more beautiful kinds of cedar is aromatic cedar. Another variety – Northern White – weathers to a beautiful silvery gray if untreated and exposed to the elements. Northern white cedar can with stand the elements for years. You can expect between 20-50 years of useful life out of your rustic furnishings if you choose cedar wood.

    The label “rustic” when applied to furniture is most accurate when labeling older, more primitive furnishings, like the famous Adirondack chair. While it is cherished for its combination of form and function, the charm and appeal of rustic furniture is the unfinished look, the roughness and ruggedness made comfortable and homey.

    Jay Gerth writes extensively about rustic furniture. Specializing in Muskoka chairs and other Adirondack furnishings, his expert opinions have helped others find satisfaction with and great uses for their outdoor living spaces.

  • Introducing New Rustic Furniture Collection: Cedar Lake

    Original Lake Log BedsWe are all very excited here at Woodland Creek’s Log Furniture Place to exclusively debut our new collection of log furniture.  With this collection we decided our goal was to combine the best of the best while offering the collection at a competitive price.  What we have ended up with is our Cedar Lake collection, a line of log furniture that will simply take your breath away when you lay your eyes on it.

    The Unique Aged Cedar Logs

    We started by locally sourcing the cedar logs from friends and associates.  For the cedar logs we wanted as much character as possible so we found logs that were naturally aged.  What we were able to find were a lot of dead standing cedar trees and cedar trees that had been cut down by farmers and stored in barns.  There the trees were left to sit allowing nature herself to age the logs.  The naturally aged cedar logs are thusly rich in character and many will feature beetle marks, burls, gnarls and other rustic character.

    Then the logs are brought to our factory we set out hand peeling the logs.  Hand peeling is not a fancy name for a machine peeler of some sort.  Literally we dig our fingers in under the bark separating the bark up off of the log enough to get a better grip in the hand and then the bark is peeled away.  It is a very labor intensive and time consuming process, but the end result are amazingly beautiful logs that have their outer bark stripped away while having areas of cambium, or inner bark, left on.  This hand peeling process ensures that the logs keep as much of their uniqueness as possible.  The cambium also adds some color to the whitish hue that Northern White Cedar has.

    After the hand peeling process the logs are brought in to the drying room, where a large wood burning furnace, or kiln, dries the logs.  During this kiln drying process a good percent of the moisture that was left in the logs is removed.  The escaping moisture is what creates the checking in the logs.  More about checking can be read in our article here:  Checking and Cracking.

    The Log Beds in the Cedar Lake Collection


    The log beds you will find in our Cedar Lake Collection are going to range from the classic log bed style to more unique styles.  Select skilled builders, or log furniture artisan if you will, will carefully construct each and every lodge bed.

    Since all of the logs are vastly different the building process cannot be automated. The specialized builders will sort through the logs patiently and carefully while envisioning your log bed in their mind’s eye.  After they have found the complementing logs needed to create the rustic masterpiece they envision they will then lay the logs out and will start constructing your cabin style bed by hand.  Bends, beetle tracks, twigs, splits, forks, checking, arches, burls and knots – all of these natural markings on the logs come into consideration in the placement and construction of your log bed.  The most unique markings are placed in the most visible areas when possible on your log bed ensuring that your rustic bed is a unique piece of art.

    This process is repeated for each and every bed in our Cedar Lake Collection, whether you choose the Original Log Bed, the Super Spindle Log Bed, the Flat Top Spindle Log Bed, the Original Canopy Bed, the Leaning Ladder Bunk Bed, the original Bunk Bed, headboards etc. etc.

    The Log Chests, Rustic Dressers and Cabin Style Nightstands in the Cedar Lake Collection

    We decided to create two lines of rustic chests, log dressers and log nightstands in our Cedar Lake Collection.  Both lines feature solid construction with smooth rolling drawers.  Both lines are built to become your family’s rustic heirlooms. Both lines feature solid tops with a natural edge.  Solid?!  Yes, solid…

    We looked around at a lot of the cedar furniture being sold, and found that the most popular and best selling rustic cedar furniture lines use plywood with veneer for the sides and the tops.  The tops are typically a thinner piece of furniture grade plywood with a log edging to make it appear thick.  These tops look great… but rustic furniture to me should be real.  It should be solid, it should be built to withstand lifetimes of use and abuse.  So we decided to go with a real top, a thick and solid top that will last lifetimes.  The tops feature natural edges on two sides.  These natural edges are often wavy and add a lot of character to the furniture.  The two non natural edges are hand draw knifed and can be lightly fired with a blow torch, if desired, to add even more color and unique character.

    The Cedar Lake Logger line is a heavy, extremely rustic, naturally beautiful line.  As you will soon see we built this line with no holds barred.

    The logger line features drawers with strong and durable full-extension drawer glides.  Yes, I said full-extension.  These smooth and silent roller bearing glides open effortlessly and allow you to pull the drawer open completely.  We continued with the logger line and built half log drawer fronts – not the typical one log makes a drawer – no, we combined multiple logs to create uniquely beautiful drawer fronts.  The drawers turned out so good that we decided to create the sides of the logger chests, dressers and nightstands with logs also.  Now you can see why we called this line the logger line!  For the drawer pulls we decided to use authentic drawer handles to accentuate the look of the log trim.

    We stood back and were pleased and satisfied with the result of our logger collection.  We then brought others in to get opinions and soon found that although everyone appreciated the unique look, not everyone would want a no-holds barred piece of rustic furniture in their home.  Thus we created the second line of rustic case goods in our Cedar Lake collection.

    The second line features the same thick and solid natural edge tops, the same solid construction, but we toned down the look by creating the sides of the rustic dressers, cabin style chests and rustic night stands with tongue and groove.  The tongue and groove sides give a cabin wall look.  We then used our extremely rustic logs on the corners for legs and decided to offer the drawer fronts in a flat front style or a half log style.  For the drawer slides we switched to smooth gliding euro-glides.   Now everyone was happy and we could move on to designing dining room and living room furniture!

    Log Dining Tables, Half Log Benches, and Comfortable Rustic Log Dining Chairs

    With the rustic dining room furniture we decided to start with the dining chairs.  We figured what point is it to have a nice solid log dining table if you don’t have a comfortable chair to sit in at it?  We used this same thought in our outdoor log furniture collection – the Contoured Comfort collection.  Our outdoor log furniture is known for comfort, for the ability to hug and curve the natural contours of your body.  We were not going to stop until we had duplicated this sense of comfort in a rustic elegant dining chair.

    Yes, we know a lot of companies are charging more for upgrading their dining chair to a comfortable log dining chair.  I don’t like to nickel and dime our customers.  You know what you want, why should you have to upgrade and upgrade just to get it?  It should come standard in my opinion.  So our log dining chairs come standard with a comfortable seat.  Not only a comfortable seat, I should also mention that we spent a lot of time on the comfort of the back as well.  You can lean back in your chair and relax after eating your meal, or while trying to mask your face while holding pocket aces, all comfortably and naturally.

    How that we had the comfortable log dining chairs it was time to create the center piece of the dining room, the dining table.  A dining table top goes through a lot of abuse, unintentional or intentional a dining table top needs to be solid and durable.

    Were again we found a lot of cabin dining tables using a thin wood with veneer with a log edging to give the appearance of being thick.  I’m sure these tables are fine for showpieces – for those with dining rooms that will only be used for the Holidays.  But why not have a rustic dining table that is not only an elegantly beautiful showpiece, but also a strong and durable log dining table as well?  Thus we drew design after design, constructed prototype after prototype, trying to hit that fine line of beauty and rustic.

    That we ended up with, funnily enough, is the same style of top that we use on our rustic dressers and chests.  The natural edge gives a natural beauty, like looking at a tree.  The thick and solid top can take beatings from kids without worry.  Any dents in the top will only add to the rustic look of the dining table without taking away from the rustic sophistication.

    Cedar Lake Collection Log Sofas, Rustic Easy Chairs and Other Log Living Room furniture

    The living room was quite a bit easier to design.  We had learned our lesson with the dining tables and knew we could use the same tops for our log coffee tables.  We also wanted to add a second option of table styles in the living room though, so we gathered inspiration from our logger line of bedroom furniture.  We took half logs and joined them together side by side creating a flat top and a unique log bottom.

    Our rustic living room seating includes log sofas,log futons, log easy chairs and log love seats.  We wanted to set our cabin style living room furniture apart from all the others.  What we decided to do was to add to the classic rustic log style by adding leather capped arms.  These softly padded arm pieces are added to the tops of the arms with nailhead trim, adding an elegant sophisticated look to your cabin furniture.

    Comfort is, in my opinion, the most important feature in a piece of furniture.  Especially living room furniture where one tends to sit the most.  Thus we spent a great amount of time designing the seat cushion supports, finding the most comfortable angle of the back, and of course creating the most comfortable yet durable cushions.  I’m quite pleased to say that though our log living room furniture looks rustic… it seats luxuriously

  • Lounge in a Contoured Log Chair and Relax with Nature

    Lounge chairs for the outdoorsWith spring fast approaching we are all looking forward  to being able to sit outside with friends and family, or with a good book.  Sitting outside with a nice breeze and the sun splashing a warmth across your skin.  The sweet smell of nature in the air, the soft scent of fresh blooms blossoming and the clean smell of freshly cut grass.  Birds twittering hello as you sit in your Contoured Comfort log chair lounging in the comfort of your own yard, or your own porch.

    We know how valuable being able to get away to relax is.  With this in mind we created our Contoured Comfort log lounge chairs, log love seats and log settees to be extra comfortable.  In our opinion, and many others, we ended up with the most comfortable log furniture you can sit in.  What sets our line of rustic log furniture apart is our seat slats are contoured to conform to the natural shape of your body for maximum comfort and support.

    We carefully hand make each rustic lounge chair using Northern White Cedar Logs – no brittle and weak imported Chinese fir logs found here!  Don’t be fooled by cheap and often uncomfortable look-a-likes.  Made from Northern White Cedar our CF1126 Contoured Comfort Log Lounge Chair is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage.

    All of our logs are kiln dried thus most of the checking (cracking) will have already occurred.  Checking occurs when the logs dry and the cells shrink causing the wood to split.  We stress test all of our dried logs before putting them into production to ensure that the cracks have not weakened the logs.  Read more about checking and cracking in our article here.  Checking gives cedar log furniture its natural rustic beauty.

    Our American made outdoor log chair is made by my family’s company, Lakeland Mills, Inc, in Michigan.  Our heavy duty rustic wood chairs and log furniture are built to last year after year.  We believe in supplying a quality product, a product you will be proud to display, a rustic product you will love to call your own.

    Your outdoor wood chair will ship partially assembled with some basic and easy assembly required.  Read our article on how simple our outdoor log furniture is to assemble here: Outdoor Log Furniture Assembly Instructions.  Complete in the box you will find rust resistant zinc dichromate hardware and easy to follow instructions.

    Remember, you can always find time to get away and relax when you don’t have to go farther than your own home.

  • Relieve the Stress of Your Day with a Log Yard Swing

    Log Yard Swings for the OutdoorsLooking to relax and relieve some of the day’s stress, but are not sure where to go?  With our log yard swing you don’t need to go any farther than your own yard.  Relax in our log swing which features contoured seat slats for the utmost in sitting comfort.  The seat slats conform to the natural shape of your body for maximum comfort and support. Lean back and swing your stress away on a rustic swing that was designed from the ground up to be as comfortable as it is durable.

    We carefully hand make each rustic yard swing using Northern White Cedar Logs – no brittle and weak imported Chinese fir logs found here!  Don’t be fooled by cheap look-a-likes.  Made from Northern White Cedar our CF1128 Contoured Comfort Log Yard Swing is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage.

    All logs are kiln dried thus most of the checking (cracking) will have already occurred.  Checking occurs when the logs dry and the cells shrink causing the wood to split.  We stress test all of our dried logs before putting them into production to ensure that the cracks have not weakened the logs.  Read more about checking and cracking in our article here.  Checking gives cedar log furniture its natural rustic beauty.

    Our American Made log swing is made by my family’s company, Lakeland Mills, Inc, in Michigan.  Our heavy duty log swing weighs around 160lbs not 100lbs or less like many of the imported fir swings you may find.  Featuring a 5 ft comfortable sitting surface it will easily accommodate and support 3 average size people with ease.

    Your rustic swing will ship partially assembled with some basic and easy assembly required.  Read our article on how simple our outdoor log furniture is to assemble  here: Outdoor Log Furniture Assembly Instructions.  Complete in the box you will find rust resistant zinc dichromate hardware and easy to follow instructions.

    Remember, you can always find time to get away and relax when you don’t have to go farther than your own home.

  • How to Care for Your Copper Sink

    Copper Sinks are Easy to maintain!Are you worried about purchasing a copper sink because you think there will be a lot of work involved in taking care of it?  Don’t worry, so are a lot of other people.  By now you have read my blog on ‘How to Find and Choose a Quality Copper Sink’ so you know how to find and pick out a quality copper sink.  If not I highly suggest that you take a minute and read that blog…. All done?  Great!  Let’s dig in and find out how to care for your quality copper sink.

    How To Maintain Your Quality Copper Sink

    I’m going to start out with a quick statement: I’m going to stop saying quality copper sink now because you know the difference between copper sinks – all references to copper sinks = quality copper sinks.

    You are going to love this next sentence… When it comes to the general maintenance of a copper sink, the less you do to the sink the better.  Copper sinks do not require polishing or scrubbing.  Due to the tempering of the copper to a patina finish, your copper sink will feature an aged, weathered look.  No need to polish the sink because the weathered look is the desired look.  Now there are a few things you can do to keep your copper sink looking its best.

    1. Copper Sink Wax:  Copper sink wax is an easy to use sprayable wax which helps alleviate a lot of the cleaning requirements.  The sprayable waxes you will want to use will spray a natural bee’s wax.  The surface protecting wax will clean, protect, preserve and restore the luster of your copper sink.

    How often should you apply the copper sink wax?  The best way to tell is to watch the sink, whenever water stops beading on the surface it is time to spray it again.

    Do copper wax on hand? No worries, here are a few more tips:

    1. Rinsing:  After you are finished using your copper sink, give it a quick rinse.
    2. Wipe the Copper Sink Out:  Do you live in an area that has a lot of mineral content in the water?  If you have hard harsh water it is a good idea to wipe the sink out.  Hard water, if left to sit on your copper sink’s surface for too long, can cause spots to form.
    3. If you ever need more than a rinse to clean your copper sink just use a soft cloth and a very mild cleaner.  Anything abrasive can scratch the copper sink which isn’t good, but a scratch isn’t the end of the world.

    My Copper Sink Got A Scratch!

    The fact that copper sinks looks more beautiful with age is amazing enough, but the idea that copper sinks can heal themselves is almost unbelievable! It is true though.  If you happen to scratch your copper sink, don’t worry, just sit back and do nothing.

    Due to coppers ‘living finish’, the copper sink will heal itself.  Just maintain your copper sink as we instructed above.  In time the scratches on the sink will fade out and disappear.

    Do Copper Sinks Dull with Age?

    Copper improves with age, unlike many other things which will dull and lose their luster with age.  As time goes by your patina finish, that beautiful weathered look will deepen and become richer.  The more use your copper sink gets, the faster it will age.

    Amazing Fact

    Copper is a natural antibacterial.  Unlike stainless steel sinks, copper sinks actually fight bacteria.  It has recently been proved that bacteria can only live on copper sinks for a few hours.  Bacteria can live on stainless steel for several days!  Your copper sink can be thought of as self cleaning as far as germs go.

    With all of the wonderful qualities that copper sinks possess, it is hard to believe that everyone would not want a copper sink!  Copper sinks require little maintenance, they improve with age, they are antibacterial, and they heal themselves.  Along with adding a beautiful unique look to any bathroom, kitchen or bar copper sinks are the easiest type of sink to maintain.

  • How to Find and Choose A Quality Copper Sink

    Copper Sinks are Easy to MaintainThe other day we talked about how eco-friendly copper sinks are.  Today we are going debunk a myth about copper sinks and talk about what to look for when purchasing a copper sink.  With so many choices available it is very easy to make a mistake depending on what your end result goals are.   Let’s begin by myth busting a common misconception.

    Copper sinks are time consuming to clean and are difficult to take care of.  WRONG!

    Copper sinks, by which we mean quality copper sinks made from 99.7% of copper like you will find on our site, are easy to care for.  A lot of people think of copper pots and pans and how difficult they were to keep clean.  Before the non stick Teflon you had copper in the bottoms of your pans.  These copper pots and copper pans had to be scrubbed and polished regularly.

    That is a lot of work, too much work in today’s fast paced world.  I can only imagine how people look back and remember how difficult and time consuming it was scrubbing and polishing their copper pots and pans and wonder, “why would I want to spend so much time scrubbing and polishing a beautiful copper sink?”.  I wouldn’t and I don’t blame you if you wouldn’t.  But here is some great news – quality copper sinks require little to no maintenance at all!  How is this possible? Well I’m getting a bit off track so we will talk about that on another day.  Today we are talking about finding a quality copper sink.

    Step 1: Finding a Quality Copper Sink

    So how do you know your copper sink is of a good quality?  Make sure your copper sink is made of 99.9% copper.  A lot of cheaper copper sinks are only made of 90% copper and these you will have to scrub and polish.  If in the care description it states that you need to wipe out the copper sink after each use, just keep on looking.  It may be the cheapest bathroom copper sink you have found, but how much is your time worth?  Can you imagine washing your hands, and then having to stop and wipe the bowl dry afterwards?  Can you imagine your family and guests having to do the same thing?  It doesn’t make for a fun time for most people.

    Step 2: Construction of a Quality Copper Sink

    Construction is something you should look at in a copper sink.  “Duhh”, you may think.  But we are not talking about looking something over to make sure there aren’t any holes where there shouldn’t be or any other basic construction aspect.  You need to look a bit deeper at the construction.  Think ahead for when the copper sink will be in use.

    Hand-rolled Corners and Edges

    A good quality copper sink will feature hand rolled corners and seams.  Why is this important?  Well picture a copper sink (or look at the image below) that does not have a rolled corner and seam.  Imagine how much dirt, grime, food, etc. would get stuck in the small, tight corners and seams.  With a rolled seam and rolled corners you will not have this problem.  There are no tight corners for the dirt and grime to get stuck in.  The hand rolled corners and seam feature promotes proper drainage and easy cleaning.  Simply rinse the sink and walk away.

    Reinforcements and Supports

    A good quality large kitchen sink will also have hidden reinforced corners under the sink.  Look at the image below.

    Notice the difference?  On the left is a good quality Premier Copper Product single bowl farmhouse apron kitchen copper sink.   On the right is a low cost, low quality “similar” product.  The sink on the left has three 14 gauge supports that provide stability in the middle of the apron and at the corners.  This feature will keep the apron straight for the lifetime of the product.  Since copper is a soft metal, a straight apron that remains straight over time is a difficult task that is only accomplished by a skilled artisan and maintained by proper support.


    Quality copper kitchen sinks will also be troughed to provide proper drainage to the drain.  A copper sink with a flat bottom (like the cheaper sink on the right) will have to be wiped dry after each use to keep the cheaper 90% copper sink from rusting.

    Step 3: Considering the Gauge of your Copper Sink

    The gauge of the copper used in the construction of a copper sink is an important consideration.  A thicker gauge will hold up better during regular use and will be less susceptible to dents or scratches.  You do not want a cheaper copper sink that is constructed by cutting corners using thinner materials for the sinks and supports.

    Step 4: Tempered Patinas

    The natural rich look you will find on quality copper sinks is achieved by heat-setting, or tempering, the copper to a patina finish.  The patina is a living finish that will endlessly regenerate throughout the life of the product with regular use and simple maintenance.  Poorly manufactured copper sinks achieve color with chemical treatments and sealants that are not easily maintained over time.

    Step 5:  The Last Consideration

    The term “handmade” can mean many things.  Most of the companies making lesser quality copper sinks will promote the term “handmade” to disguise poor or inconsistent manufacturing techniques.  Purchasing acopper sink that is manufactured by a known and trusted copper sink manufacturer may cost a bit more up front, but will save you time, trouble, and more than likely more money in the end.

    As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.  In the area of copper sinks this is very true.  However, just because a sink may be priced a few hundred dollars more than another does not necessarily make it better.  Some may try to disguise their poor construction and cheaper materials by raising the price to portray the thought “You are spending so much more on this copper sink, it must be the best”.  Look at the sink and compare it to our steps above.  If it has everything mentioned in the steps above then it will be a great quality copper sink and you will enjoy not only a lifetime of use out of it, but a lifetime of comments from friends and family about how beautiful your copper sink is.

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