Thoughts & Musings

Don’t Be a Sap!

June 26, 2018

white cedar wood workingAll trees have layers of growth commonly referred to as ‘rings’. A crosscut of a mature tree trunk, with outer bark removed, reveals two different sections of rings easily distinguished by color. The outer rings are sapwood, and are lighter colored. This is the part of the tree through which sap flows to sustain tree growth. Sapwood contains sap and water which, in order for the lumber to be used for building, must be carefully dried prior to use. Sapwood will shrink and crack more easily over time and is more susceptible to fungus and decay. While Sapwood rings are vital for tree nourishment, in its natural form it is not a good product for woodworking. Read more

White Cedar Burger …That’s figurative, not literal, please!

May 23, 2018

white cedar burgerI was sitting in my “office” yesterday, contemplating the menu for the upcoming holiday weekend, Memorial Day. As it often is, the local familial clan will be gathering at our home, a Town + Country White Cedar log home, to remember and to celebrate what those who fought and fell have given us.

Somehow, our home receives that honor often, but the draw of a White Cedar log home is a topic for another day and another blog; plus, if you are reading a White Cedar Burger blog on a log home website, you probably already have a pretty good idea about that concept! ; )

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How to Speak Door

April 12, 2018

com·mu·ni·ca·tion
kəˌmyo͞onəˈkāSH(ə)n
noun: communication

Communication (from Latin commūnicāre, meaning “to share”[1]) is the act of conveying intended meanings from one entity or group to another through the use of mutually understood signs and semiotic rules. Read more

Built From Memory

April 4, 2018

Log home built from memoryLog homes house many happy childhood memories for Charles and Margaret Ondrick. Margaret reminisces about visits to an aunt’s log home in Michigan. Charles remembers the great stone fireplace in the log cabin where his family stayed during fishing trips in Canada.

One day the Ondricks dreamed of owning a luxury log home their children and grandchildren could make memories in, too. Town + Country Cedar Homes helped make that wish a reality. Read more

Where’s the Remote?!

March 21, 2018

log home march madnessMarch Madness has millions of eyes locked on TVs across the planet. Cafes, pubs, and the Disneylands of fandom, the sports bar, where dozens of screens are carefully placed to never allow a static glance or field of vision devoid of action. Design here is simple – sensory overload. Quite the opposite of residential Cedar home design, where the one, ever-present question invariably finds its way into the client’s querying dialog, “Where do we put the TV???”, usually accompanied by a look of we-didn’t-think-of-this-early-enough horror…even though it was brought in to discussion in previous flow/design conversation…ahem  : ) Read more

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