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Rustic Furniture

  • Log Rental Cabins in Branson, TX

    Dressers with StyleLooking for a getaway in the Branson, TX area?  Then I can recommend Amazing Log Cabins.

    They would love to have you visit.  They currently have a 2 bedroom cabin, a 3 bedroom cabin anand  4 bedroom cabin.  They are all located 7 miles from Branson Landing but tucked away in a wooded golf course area.  They are newer log cabins with new exquisite rustic furnishings each with a private spa on your back deck ranging from 1200 sq ft to 2440 sq ft.

    The cabins are located on spacious lots in a great location and are lovely inside and out.  The cabin décor and rustic furnishings are top of the line and are  fully equipped.

    Please visit their website for more information and pictures.  You can visit their website.

    The cabins are 7 miles from The Branson Landing and about 15 minutes from the main part of the strip.  There is a marina very close, less than a 5 minute drive to the ramp!  It is called Gages Marina.  It provides boat rentals and many other activities as well.  The lake is beautiful and great for water sports.   The cabins also are centrally located to see activities and events.  Each cabin also offers a private spa on your own back deck!

    To check availability, pricing and to confirm please visit their website or give them a call.

  • Understand Logs: Checking and Cracking

    Rustic Furniture is protected from CheckingWe have all seen the checking that occurs in round logs, heavy timbers, utility poles, and log furniture.  Checking is a natural occurrence in wood components that contain the pith, or center of a tree. But what is the cause?  Checking, or the process of the logs cracking, happens as wood releases moisture, and normally occurs across or through the annual growth rings. It is the usual result of wood seasoning.

    Wood shrinks twice as much in the tangential direction as it does in the radial direction. This can be observed in the amount of shrinkage that occurs in individual pieces of wood cut from trees. But, whenever concentric circles (continuous growth rings) occur in wood, the circumference of those circles (tangential orientation) shrinks twice as much as does the diameter (radial direction). Since the circumference is shrinking at twice the rate as the diameter, something has to give.

    One way to visualize how the difference between tangential and radial shrinkage causes checking in logs is to consider the concentric growth rings. The line formed by each growth ring is basically a series of tangent lines, or, one continuous tangent line (in a manner of speaking). As a log dries, the length of each growth ring will shorten by a proportionate amount (tangential shrinkage). But even though the growth rings are shortening, the overall log diameter shrinks at a lesser rate (radial shrinkage). Stresses build up, and checks occur.

    How big will the checks become? It depends on the location within the log. The larger diameter outer rings shrink more than the inner rings, since they all lose a percentage of their overall length. Thus, the checks in smaller logs are narrower than the checks in larger diameter logs, just as checks are narrower the closer one gets to the pith.  Whenever continuous growth rings exist, the tangential versus radial shrinkage stresses will cause checking. Can checking be prevented in round wood?  Not really.

    So why do boards not check while logs do?  Well, individual boards cut from logs usually do not contain the pith, so these boards will not check during drying. Those boards that do contain the pith will typically check only on one side.

    It is important to know that we dry our wood in a large heated room for months to ensure that 99% of all “checking” is already done.  All logs are stress tested before they enter production to ensure that they will hold up to the test of weight and time.  This way when we package your log furniture you will know that you will not have to worry about the durability of the log furniture.  Not all companies do this, but you can rest assured that all rustic furniture found on our site goes through this rigorous testing process.  Your safety and satisfaction is of most importance to us.

    Checking occurs mainly on the surface of the wood and does not affect the structural performance or integrity of the wood. This natural process adds to the uniqueness of the pieces and lends it that certain rustic appeal that has become so popular in home and garden decor. The degree of checking will vary from product to product and from log to log.  Checking can range from very slight slivers of cracks to larger cracks running the full length of the log to the pith (middle of the log) of the wood. In either case this checking is completely normal and in no way affects the integrity of the wood or the strength of the furniture.

    Information above provided by our knowledge and by Merrimac Quality Log Homes.  Pictures below are of a couple pieces of my outdoor log furniture

  • Cedar vs. Pine - Which Rustic Furniture is Better?

    Experience Outdoor Log FurnitureFor indoor rustic furniture cedar and pine are both a fine choice.  In fact we mix pine and cedar in many of our rustic dressers, chests, nightstands, desks, bookcases, etc. Pine will be used for the framing while Cedar is used as trim and handles. The cedar (Northern White Cedar) and pine (White Pine) that we use are extremely similar in color allowing this mixing of wood types. The main difference between the two is Cedar will tend to have more knots and streaks of color in the grain.

    All of the log beds from Woodland Creek’s Log Furniture Place whether they are made of White Cedar, Red Cedar, Pine, Aspen, Hickory, or Barn Wood all are extremely strong. So pick out the bed whose style you like the most and rest assured that any log or rustic bed you purchase from Woodland Creek’s will last a lifetime.

    For outdoor log furniture, unfinished Cedar will last longer than unfinished Pine. Cedar is known for being naturally resistant to decay and most insects and thus is one of the best woods to use outdoors. When left unfinished Cedar will weather to a silvery gray color.  Pine, when regularly treated with an outdoor protective sealant, will also last for quite a few years outdoors. So again, choose the style that you like with the upkeep of the furniture in mind.   One of the reasons we carry so many different styles of rustic furniture is so that you will find the style that fits your tastes.

  • 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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  • 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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