Preserving Historic Log Buildings

Log buildings have been a part of American culture since the days of the settlers. There are many log structures still in use that date back well over a hundred years. Each log home or cabin has its own unique aesthetic and tells its own story. If you have an old log home that has been in your family for generations – you know what this is true.

Edmunds & Company appreciates the intrinsic beauty of log buildings and understands the importance of preserving these treasures for future generations to enjoy.

Over the past thirty years, we have had the privilege to work on some treasured historic log buildings, not only in the Midwest, but also in other places beyond.

Other projects include:

  • Cabins at the Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim, AZ
  • Bemidji State Park – picnic shelter in Bemidji, MN
  • Cokato Finnish Historical Society – Savu Sauna, Cokato, MN
  • St. Croix State Park, Riverview Combination Building, Hinckley, MN

The Solution

One of the reasons Edmunds & Company has been successful with this type of preservation work is that we can balance the desire to retain the authentic look and charm of the log building with the use of modern techniques and materials that will keep the structure in good “health” for the foreseeable future.

For example, at the time some historic log buildings were constructed, oakum chink was a good product to use. It kept flying insects out and allowed for air infiltration, which let the logs dry out from intermittent moisture. Many years later, experience has shown that over time, the fibers in the rope lose the oils that acted as a preservative. Also, small rodents like to use oakum to build their nests, which can create its own set of problems.

Removing oakum chink and replacing it with modern, synthetic chink is a good compromise because latex chink adheres better to the logs and can flex with the natural expansion and contraction of the wood, thus minimizing the chance that water can get in behind the chink.

Click here for more information about our chinking procedures.

Edmunds & Company has the right tools and the expertise to restore and preserve all types of historic log buildings for future generations.

Contact us to find out how we do it or call our toll free number 715-373-5744.