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Arched TrussWhen a design calls for curved trusses like you see in this construction photo, we like to use the wood species Douglas fir or larch. They both are up to 30% stronger than lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce. We maintain a large inventory of Douglas fir and larch for just such purposes.

Curved Truss3The key to successful arches is to start with a log or timber large
enough so that you do not cross over the center of the tree when you carve the curve into it, which would weaken the structural application.

Although it looks like these arches are crafted from symmetrical Curved Truss1bent trees, we carve them round from larger logs. It’s part of our DNA to maintain a large inventory of varied wood species and sizes of naturally dried timber that is large enough to properly prepare curved logs such as these shown.


 

Mountain HomeHalf-log treads form the stairs and posts are inserted between each step. This enhances the look but also aids the family dog when it climbs up and down the stairway. Its paws can’t slip between the steps.


Dry-Standing Timber – Pioneer Log Homes uses only natural dry-standing logs − that were killed naturally in Western forests − for structural integrity which makes for better-looking wood in the home, but also a greener construction product because no live trees were harvested.

Pioneer Log Homes uses only natural dry-standing logs that were killed naturally in Western forests. They have structural integrity and are greener construction products because no live trees were harvested.


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Scissor Truss #1Scissor Truss #2

Scissors trusses are popular with many architects and home designers. It’s a great-looking structural truss style that adds to the attractiveness of the great room and makes the room appear more spacious.

Our craftsmen have decades of experience in not only scissors trusses, but all types of trusses whether they be heavy timbers or logs.


Another great-looking structural element is steel straps and plates. These Steel Banding #1elements add another level of hand-made craftsmanship to your home that is not that common. The real key to classic banding is to carve into the timbers so the steel is let into the surface of the wood. Steel banding is an offshoot of craftsman style made popular by Greene and Greene craftsman-era style homes and furniture.

A few of our competitors use cheap black 1/8” steel aRMLHstewart-0403plates to join materials because they lack the skill to properly create solid joinery like you see here. We have the talent to satisfy your architect’s vision and help make your overall project a success.

 


Stewart 0 Ring – This ring solves the challenge of tying together the six roof trusses - each weighs three tons - that span the great room.  Jay found the ring at a San Diego shipyard on his many travels looking for unusual pieces.  A lighting fixture affixed to a post above descends through the ring’s opening.

This stunning ring solves the challenge of tying together six roof trusses – each weighing three tons. Jay found this ring at a San Diego shipyard on his many travels looking for unusual pieces.