Log Home Profiles & Log Home Species

Log Species

Wood is a natural choice for home construction. It is beautiful, affordable, warm, versatile and energy-efficient. Jim Barna Log Homes offers homebuilders a wide selection of log species proven to be great performers. We select, shape and fit only premium logs to ensure that we maintain the size and conformity of the log. This way, you get a house you?ll be proud to call home, and we can take pride in your home wearing the Jim Barna Log Homes name. We recommend the following species:

Southern Yellow Pine is a short-leaf, slow-growing tree that produces a dense log with a strong grain structure. It is remarkable for its high-tensile strength. It is considered one of the most structurally sound wood choices, and it is the most popular species used in Jim Barna log homes.

White Pine is known for its distinctive light color and medium-coarse texture, and it has a tighter, less prominent grain than Yellow Pine. Being lighter in weight, it is ideal for lateral applications. Aesthetically, White Pine is chosen for its light color and because it has fewer knots. Jim Barna offers premium White Pine for a variety of applications.

Hemlock is a unique choice with a fairly uneven grain structure that adds a particular aesthetic to the style of the home. This moderately hard wood is also relatively light in weight. Hemlock is available in limited log sizes and profiles.

Western Red Cedar, with its characteristic light cedar scent and warm reddish hue, creates homes of distinction. Naturally resistant to disease and insects, it is relatively soft and light in weight. Western Red Cedar is typically used in lateral applications and cannot be hewn.

Log Profiles

Round Log 6 1/2", 8", 9" and 10"

Offers the beauty of the round log profile inside as well as outside.

D Log System

Round outside/flat inside, offers a more conventional interior design.

Square Log 6" x 12" or 8" x 12"

Appalachian dove-tail system with planed, machine-hewn and hand-hewn options, plus rustic, V-groove or chink-groove finishes.

Conventional Half Log System

Typically used to convert a frame home into a log-over-frame system, profile available in all log systems and popular for dormers, garages, sunrooms and renovations.

Hi Stack

Round outside/flat inside, for conventional interior design.