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Log Furniture Place Blog | Rustic Furniture Information & Tips

  • Differences in Our Log Furniture Collections

    Our Furniture Collections are Unique!A question we are asked quite often is what are the differences in our log furniture collections and why do some take longer to receive than others.  Today I am going to explain the differences in the logs that are used in these rustic collections.  This will give you an idea as to why some collections take longer than others.

    On our site we feature various log furniture collections and styles.  These styles range from simple log styles to intricate gnarly log styles.

    The simple log furniture styles (like our Hidden Lake, Ozark and Rustic Natural Cedar collections) use logs that have been machine doweled.  This process involves placing a log into a machine which sands it down until it is smooth and uniform in size.  From here the furniture making process can be automated fairly quickly since all the parts will be the same size.

    We then move a step up to our Rustic Lakeland and North Woods collections. In the Rustic Lakeland collection logs are German peeled.  The German peeling process is the process of rotating the logs against a wheel of spinning blades.  The blades will peel off the bark and it leaves the logs relatively smooth – yet the knife marks in the logs are visible and the log retains it’s natural shape.  In the North Woods line the logs are hand draw knifed.  The draw knife process is done by hand using a drawknife tool.  The craftsmen will draw a the knife down the log removing the bark.  This process leaves a very clean looking log with a unique knife pattern.  Once the logs are peeled the log furniture is then able to manufactured pretty easily and quickly.

    Moving another step forward we come to the Montana and Wilderness collections.  These rustic furniturecollections are skip peeled.  Skip-peeling does not remove all of the inner bark.  A skip-peeled log will show patches of the interior bark producing a more rustic look.  Skip peeling can be viewed as an art.  It sounds simple just removing some bark, but the skip peeler or ‘log artist’ must visualize each log to envision where the patches will accentuate the furniture the most.  Once the skip peeling is complete the construction of the furniture can again move fairly quickly.

    Stepping further into the rustic realm we come to our Cedar Lake, Aspen, Red Cedar, Cottage, Cabin Creek, Nature’s Twist and Heritage collections.   These lines will take longer due to all the extra labor and time that goes into the manufacturing process.  The logs that are used in these collections are hand peeled aged dead standing trees and/or logs that have aged in barns for multiple years.  The hand peeling process is done by physically taking the outer bark in hand and pulling/peeling it off of the log.  This labor intensive process leaves the logs completely natural looking with their unique shapes – gnarls from tree limbs, burls and beetle tracks all remain visible.  The logs will be very rustic looking with patches of cambium (the inner bark) left from the peeling process, the beetle trails and occasional surface rot from the aging.

    From here the rustic furniture is made piece by piece.  Since all the logs are all vastly different this process cannot be automated.   In this process the ‘artists’ are the specialized builders who sort through the logs while envisioning the final piece, creating it in their mind, then finding the complementing pieces that will make your finished rustic furniture truly one of a kind.  Bends, beetle tracks, twigs, splits, forks, arches, burls and knots – all of these natural markings on the logs – come into consideration in the placement and construction on your piece of log furniture.

  • Is Log Furniture Green?

    Today I’m going to talk about the conception that the makers of log furniture and rustic furniture are hurting the environment.  In all actuality this is the furthest from the truth.  Our factory and the other log furniture manufacturers that we work with are in my opinion some of the ‘greenest’ people in the rustic furniture business.   I would even go so far to say that we/they are the ‘greenest’ people in the whole furniture business – rustic and modern.

    How can I say such a thing?  Well let’s look and see where our logs come from.  At our Log Furniture Place Factory we use the leftover logs from the log cabin industry.  They use the larger lower parts of the trees and we use the tops that are too small for them to use.  The logs that would normally go to waste.  For our more rustic line of log furniture – our Cedar Lake collection – we use dead standing trees and aged logs.  Our friends and associates also practice the same techniques as us.  Those who create the beautiful reclaimed barn wood you see on our site gather their wood from old barns – usually 100+ years old – reusing what would have gone to waste.  I don’t believe modern furniture companies can claim the same.

    You can’t go through a day without hearing something about the environment.  If the earth friendly activists would stop for a moment and really look into what furniture is actually eco-friendly I believe that you would see a lot more log furniture out in the world.  I can only imagine how word would spread.  Log Benches in waiting rooms and in foyers of large companies.  Log dining tables in your workplace break room and in restaurants.  Rustic vanities in bathrooms.  Log beds and rustic dressers in hotels and motels.  The list would go on and on.  It would create a demand for rustic furniture that would send prices soaring!

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  • Rustic Furniture Showroom

    We get asked quite often if we have a log furniture manufacturer's showroom.  The answer is yes, we do!  Our showroom is located by our factory in Edmore, MI.

    We have on display (when we keep it in stock) our Contoured Comfort collection of the outdoor cedar log furniture line and our indoor rustic furniture lines Rustic Lakeland (featuring log beds – including low post beds, canopy beds, daybeds and futons – and rustic log living room furniture), Lakeland Cabin (featuring rustic bedroom furniture – including dressers, nightstands and chests), and our newest Cedar Lake and premium Cedar Lake Logger lines (featuring very rustic cedar log beds, dressers and bedroom casegoods, bathroom vanities, dining tables and chairs, sofas, chairs and loveseats and so much more!).  We also have prototypes, seconds, and some miscellaneous furniture on sale as well.

    Our showroom at Woodland Creek's Log Furniture Place is open Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm, and on Sundays with an appointment.

  • Fresh Home Decorating with a Twist

    Rustic log furniture is clean and relaxing - just what you need in your lifestyle today.Are you ready to put some zip into the rooms of your home with furniture unlike everyone else? Then you really should investigate the knotty charm of log furniture. You’ll be amazed at the vast variety of rustic furniture designs and the selection of woods there is to choose from.Every piece is lovingly crafted to create furnishings with a delightful twist.

    Browsing through the log furniture selections for each room in your home, you will find style and designs from very simple to intricate. Some pieces of rustic log furniture are surprisingly delicate where others are very solid and masculine in character. Then there are some designs that are crazy in a very artistic way. No matter what kind of taste you have in home interiors, there are some pieces of log furniture that will definitely appeal to you.

    Rustic furniture is not completely crafted from logs. You will find 100-year old barnwood richly aged and deep in color. Some pieces of furniture constructed from barn wood are left with a natural timeworn patina and others have been sealed with a clear coating that brings out the dark coloring and texture beautifully. It’s refreshing to know that instead of being left to rot derelict as a tribute to days gone by, recycling this weathered wood into rustic furniture gives it a second lease on life.

    Log beds are amazing. The artisan craftsmen have found tons of different designs that will look great in your home. Charming and timeless, there are log beds for the kid’s rooms in both twin and bunk bed selections. You’ll also find log beds for your pets in a great selection of different styles. Pet beds in rustic furniture designs far outclass anything you will find at any local store. They are part of your home that you have in plain sight every day; naturally you will want the dog’s or cat’s bed to be good looking.

    Rustic beds can be purchased as a full frame with wonderful solid wood headboard and footboard interest. You will also find a variety of artistic headboards available for purchase separately. There are choices in headboards just for a splash of character so needed in a plain old bed and others that feature shelves and cubby holes for books, eyeglasses and clocks. Some headboards are designed like log beds, while others are crafted from barnwood and planed natural woods.

    Living room, dining room and kitchens can also be warmed with the unusual beauty of log furniture designs featuring 100% solid wood in all its natural glory. Occasional tables, lamp tables and bedside tables can be coordinated with sofas, lounge chairs and rockers for timeless style and long lasting daily use. Log furniture can also be purchased in full room ensembles, making it quick and easy to turn your family room, living room or enclosed porch into a pulled together designer look.

    Rustic furniture like this is far better quality construction than most other types of furniture you can buy today. Unlike mass made pieces, there is nothing inferior hidden beneath the glossy surface. Savvy shoppers will quickly grasp the budget-wise choice of purchasing only 100% solid natural wood for their home. Log furniture has nothing to hide and tons of warmth, character and charm to exude.

  • Log Furniture Bestows Honesty

    Honest beauty that goes clear to the bone, log living room furniture you'll love for cabin and home.Truth is not something that comes to mind when you think of the furniture in your home, or pieces that you have yet to purchase. Yet, it is a dominate issue in most home furnishings on the market today. You won’t find a cheap, tawdry, sugar-coated piece of particle board anywhere in handmade log furniture. Pride of craftsmanship and the purity of natural wood is essential and promising when you live with log furniture in any room of your home.

    The inferior particleboard is well disguised in some finer brands of furniture, as long as you don’t move it much. Every time you move particleboard furniture, the structure is just a bit more compromised. Log furniture, being made of 100% solid wood, not chips and sawdust glued together, is the type of home furnishings investment that is built to withstand the test of time. There are many pieces of log furniture built over a century ago that are still in great shape and under daily use today.

    The natural beauty of the wood is allowed to remain in all pieces of log furniture. There is no attempt to cover up the pureness that Mother Nature has built into every log and planed board. Many pieces of log furniture made attractive ornamental use of the bark to add character and originality. For a more rustic look in your home décor bark intact portions of these beautiful pieces denotes a stronger presence of nature within the home.

    Log furniture is safe for the environment. It will not remain clogging the earth’s landfills for hundreds of years like plastic will. Not that anyone would want to dump these lovely home furnishings, quite the contrary. Unlike cheap plastic furniture, log furniture is comfortable to live with and easily becomes instant heirlooms that will be ready to grace the next generation’s nest in fine style when the time comes. One could never expect such long lasting use from any type of particleboard furniture.

    Removing plastic and vinyl furniture from the interior of your home is a big step towards embracing and reconnecting with nature. Log furniture is 100% natural and exudes warmth and charm no mass manufactured furniture could hope to convey. No two pieces of log furniture are an exact duplicate of the last. There will always be a variety of unique personality and singular character to furnishings that are built to play up the natural beauty found in each piece of wood.

    The openness and honesty of log furniture makes your home an inviting place where relaxing is easy and comes over you quite naturally the moment you enter and shut the chaotic world out. It will be far simpler to allow your own unique style and personality reign in a home outfitted with log furniture in every room. Contemporary, traditional or eclectic, every fabric color is at home on the true, pure colors of natural wood. Timeless charm isn’t trendy; the style is ageless and uplifting. The handmade quality of log furniture is as honest as the day is long.

    Rustic log furniture is also popularly known as cabin log furniture. It doesn't matter what room your want to recreate, log furniture manufacturers offer many lovely designs and styles in a variety of strong natural woods. You can select wonderful pieces of log bedroom furniture, log dining room furniture, log living room furniture and even log furniture for all your outdoor living areas.

  • Tips on Creating Relaxing Home Offices

    Inspiring and unpretentious log desks and rustic office furniture is perfect for home offices today.With so many people working from home full time these days, getting your home office set up for efficiency and comfort is important. A good portion of those who work from home will want a good looking work space since it is in the corner of the living room or den. Rustic office furniture desks can be the perfect fit. There is nothing quite as soothing as the unpretentious character of natural log furniture to keep you highly productive.

    While operating a home business can be kept in a compact space with so many working over the Internet using little more than their computer. Log furniture desks may not offer adequate storage space for all the electronics you use to keep your small business humming along at a good pace. There are many other wonderful pieces of rustic furniture that can be put to use to keep your work and supplies better organized and all in one handy to access area.

    For credenzas and an L-shaped work space, you can easily add a nicely coordinated log furniture table and hutch to complete your cozy office ensemble. Just because certain pieces of rustic furniture were built with say, the kitchen, bar or dining room in mind doesn’t mean that there is an iron clad rule in place to use them in such a fashion. Some of the best looking homes make rather quirky use of furniture once serving for another utility. This is why eclectic décor is so popular, it gives us the freedom to follow a whim and be more unique in expression.

    Rustic office furniture bookcases will obviously be of much use in your home office. You won’t have to worry about daily use marring the natural finish of your log furniture desk and selected pieces. Each solidly built piece of log craftsmanship is sealed with a crystal clear finish to maintain the luster and beauty of the wood for many years to come.

    This is something that is so disappointing in the particle board construction of most furniture today. It warps and bows under the weight of common objects that it was purportedly built to accommodate. Just reorganizing a room can weaken the structure of any piece of pressboard furniture, rendering it rickety and soon unsightly in no time at all. Log furniture, being 100% solid wood construction will remain very stable and well built for decades, making it a far better investment of your hard earned money. You can count on solid wood log desks lasting for many decades, there is log furniture built this same way still in use and it's over 100 years old.

    Rustic furniture is also made in America, keeping industry here at home where it is vital to the US economy. All raw materials found in log furniture are produced in the USA as well. What better form could you employ in the functions of your home office than the handiwork of other industrious people like yourself? Log furniture will create a one of a kind office space that you will feel right at home in every day for years into the future with the added value of natural beauty shining through.

  • The Proper Way to Outfit ‘The Man Cave’

    A man's bed should be solid and real and thats exactly what you get with rustic log beds - in great designs for a manly world.If you are into rustic furniture, then you are already on the right track to flexing the kind of machismo that America was built on.Our ancestors slept on dirt and hay.Once they got wise to using the natural resources of the world around them, they started producing quality homes and furnishing using logs from the forests around them.The word quality needs to be emphasized here, because there are log homes and log furniture that are easily over a hundred and fifty years old and still standing.Impressed?You should be.

    At some point during our history though, men turned into sissies - sleeping on factory-produced pressboard and OSB bunks with the name "IKEA" smacked across the price tag.It should not read IKEA, it should read "I-Waste-Money".Those products are overpriced and under-guaranteed.If you are willing to spend the money, spend it on something that will give character, class and style to your home… Log beds do all that and more.Not only is rustic furniture crafted from natural wood (generally solid logs), but you have a vast selection of wood types to choose from.This really gives you a solid grasp over customization in your home.

    If you want a man's bed, worthy of a man's room, strong enough to project a man's image in a manly world, then what you want is a good stout natural cedar log bed.The soft color of pine, cedar or hardwoods will blend well with the natural wood surroundings of your home.It provides a natural wood implantation in any environment while holding back the strong contrast that comes from unnatural, or fake dark colored "wood".Once you have selected that perfect bed to show off your natural taste for everything that God provided in this world, you can start adding other wonderful pieces of rustic furniture to your room to flesh it out.

    Log Beds are the centerpiece of your room, and all the rustic furniture you select should be based around that primary piece of furniture.A master bedroom is generally configured so that the first thing that is seen is the beautiful design of the bed.Now, we know you are not trying to show off your bedroom like something off a design stars TV show, but a properly configured room makes the best use of space – that means you can get more furniture in.There are not too many men that turn down the opportunity for more furniture, especially when it's rustic furniture.Admit it; you still keep milk crates around because they make a good seat when you are fishing.Actually, they make a good seat just about anywhere. Yet, there comes a time when your level of success demands something more polished.

    Never rush into purchasing rustic beds.This is a decision that takes careful consideration, as the style of bed really defines a man.Canopy beds are nice, but we are not trying to please the wife here, right?You need a good rustic bed with a headboard that is begging you to mount a rifle to it, or the head of last season’s trophy shoot.You will also need to find the right linens and spread to cover your log bed.Stick with dark and neutral colors, especially the earth tones that will compliment the strength and tone of the wood nicely, as well as emphasize the grain.

    You will be surprised how quickly the space in your master bedroom will come together once you have settled on a proper log bed. Rustic furniture is the perfect fit for the uber macho home.

  • Simplicity is an Easy Look with Rustic Furniture

    You can't beat the durability of rustic furniture beds for kids, available in great styles and designs.Some days, it can sound like the perfect place to get away, a trip back to when life was simple and values were all exactly as they seemed. In a complicated world, the simplicity of rustic furniture can be just the right look for making your home look… well homier. That special air that you get when spending a week in an isolated cottage may not be all about the breeze and the lack of traffic. A good share of the aura of that relaxed zone is found in the simple furnishings and the connection with nature.

    Easy living is not always glamorous and sleek. If anything, too much glamour tends to create a high maintenance home, becoming a place that is anything but relaxing. Rustic furniture crafted from solid logs, sporting the natural colors so unique to each different type of wood can bring that special simplicity into your home. For those who seek a lived in feeling where growth and natural relationships will grow richly, rustic furniture can be the perfect style.

    While many envision rustic furniture and log furniture to be best for the cabin and covered with Indian print cushions, it isn’t necessary. The warmth of the rough hewn logs found in rustic furnishings can be fabulous paired with overblown cabbage rose prints and leather, as well as lace. One of the greatest things about decorating homes today is the amount of playfulness and crossover between styles you can enjoy. Eclectic home style is as timeless and the designs found in log furniture.

    Adding a new outdoor living porch can provide one with the perfect excuse to create a far more relaxed aura than is found within the home. The lovely qualities of rustic furniture can make your new fresh air room completely unique and very charming.

    Children’s rooms can be a very special challenge, trying to handle bridging the gap between good looking décor and furnishings that will hold up to their demands. Log beds can be the perfect choice for boy’s room of all ages. Girls are not all as prim and lacey as they once were, and many a young girl’s rustic bed can easily be made the throne of the princess with the right comforter and wall hangings.

    Rustic furniture in the guest room can add a lot of much needed whimsy and expression to just about any home’s décor designs. Many times, a recently freed bedroom due to a child leaving the nest, opens the possibilities of a new project. Here log beds and rustic bedroom furniture may impart just the right fresh note to your home. The finished new space for visitors will be charming or dramatic; however you decide to accent the warmth of the solid log bed’s construction.

    Rustic beds can be the focal point of a room, a play on decorating styles or you can elect to do an entire room in all log furniture. The wonderful thing is you have plenty of room to have some fun while enjoying solid wood and fine craftsmanship. Today’s mixing of styles to create unique personality find a perfect match for rustic furniture in the bedroom, and anywhere else in your home.

  • Rustic Furniture Reconnects You with Nature

    You don't have to be transported into the past to enjoy the honest natural beauty of log furniture.Once reserved for hunting cabins and mountain lodges, log furniture is welcome in many styles of home décor today. The warmth and relaxed feeling rustic furniture imparts can bring a connection with nature into every room. From very sparse lines in design to more intricate craftsmanship, you’ll find a great deal of charm and beauty in the purity that only nature can create.

    Log furniture can be crafted from gleaming pine, long lasting cedar and a variety of hardwoods.Each natural wood will impart its personality and hue to your decorating scheme. Pine will be pale in color blending beautifully with off whites and adding a fresh look that is warm and unique. Rustic furniture crafted from cedar logs will be carry a warm glow that is quintessentially the character of this wonderful wood. Aspen log furniture offers a silvered taupe tone, while hickory pieces exude both blonde and honey brown. For the darkest color in relaxed furnishings, the aged timbers for barnwood furniture is perfect.

    Depending on the designer’s eye, some pieces of log furniture will be supple and barely smooth as is the character of logs completely free of bark. Others exude a more rustic charm with both clean planed wood and bark covered logs used in the creation. Free of unnatural stains, rustic furniture brings out the true natural beauty of the wood and it’s graining. This lends a very unique look to each piece of rustic furniture built today.

    Log furniture can be very rustic or a wonderful blend of finely crafted ironwork and the warmth of natural wood. Selecting the right pieces of rustic furniture for your home can be a great deal of fun, unlike shopping for traditional stained to match furniture lines. No other style of home furnishings has quite the unique character that log construction offers. How could the factory duplication ever hope to compare with the fabulous creativity of Mother Nature? If it weren’t for the unexplainable, nature would be as mesmerizing as plastic resin pottery. Seen a few, seen ‘em all.

    Sturdy construction should be an important factor in the collecting of furnishings for the savvy homeowner. The majority of today’s fine furnishings offered in traditional furniture lines today are largely comprised with the use of particle board and paper or vinyl surface wood grain effects. This is not a wise investment in your home and its beauty. Log furniture, however, is solid wood from top to bottom, all lovingly finished to create handsome accents and useful pieces that will be cherished for many years to come.

    Rustic furniture can add so much of the warmth of natural purity to sleek modern homes and the perfect relaxed mood to the traditional styled abode. Something you will notice about log furniture that is not found in any other style on the market is the instant impact of character and reality one solitary piece can add to a room. Solid and built to last, naturally unique rustic furniture is something that you and your family will enjoy inside and on the patio or porch, as part of what makes a house a home. Harmony with nature will play a large part in your life wherever you add log furniture to the décor.

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