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Log Products - What's Available

By: Lydia Quinn

Whether you're shopping to furnish your log cabin, your country home, lodge or your townhouse, there are many products produced from logs that can enhance your home's decor and outdoor environment. Log products give a rustic, homey feeling to their environment. Here's an overview of what's currently available:


Furniture


Furnishings are one of the main uses for natural logs. Beds, chairs, tables, just about any type of furniture can be made with natural logs. Instead of traditional stick type lumber, logs are fastened together to form a unique and rustic piece of furniture that should last a lifetime. An entire bedroom set can be purchased made from logs.


Art & Indoor Decor


Logs can be used to form shelving, branches can be used to form or decorate frames, artistically cut and set branches can be set in vases, there are infinite possibilities for using logs and branches in your decor.


Chainsaw Sculptures


One of the most popular artistic ways to use logs are with log sculptures. Log sculptures have been popular for centuries, going back to what we call "totem poles", which are tall, carved sculptures generally originating in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska, where many Native tribes carved them for cultural and historical purposes. These traditional "totem poles" were always carved by hand, and usually made from a local type of cedar wood.


Nowadays, there is a thriving industry of chainsaw sculpture, where logs are sculpted using a gas powered chainsaw. There are many artists that specialize in this type of art. Some artists can achieve remarkable detailing in their art, while others tend to use a more rustic, simplistic style. A man in England carves mushrooms shapes out of logs for use in gardens. Even abstract artists have gotten into chainsaw sculpture. However, the most typical and popular examples of log sculpture using chainsaws are animals, most often bears. You'll also see artists carve birds, fish, farm animals, statues and memorials, even people.


Chainsaw sculptures are one of the most popular ways to use logs for art.


Outdoor Furniture


Patio furniture made from logs is also popular, with many choices in this area, including log lounge chairs, log rocking chairs, ottomans, rockers, love seats, dining chairs, settees, chaise lounges, swings and complete outdoor furniture patio sets. Adirondack chairs are a popular style to make from logs.


Outdoor Uses


There's also a vast amount of uses for logs for landscaping and other outdoor uses. Log decks are available which make a gorgeous addition to any home in the forest. Also, for those home by the water, with some moorage on a lake, river or near the ocean, log docks are available. Log docks are long lasting and look natural in their environment. Log docks may not be quite as stable however, so these won't be a good choice for some homes. Birdhouses and doghouses can also be made from logs and branches. Fences are also being made from logs, with beautiful results.

Lydia Quinn writes for Log Home Exchange, the leading website to find log homes for sales. Visit us at http://www.loghomeexchange.com


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