Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quality hardwood TULIP POPLAR log stack










showing the basement walls, this is not yet back filled, however patriot is still going ahead with the project


you can see here how the logs are braced, this is to strengthen the stack from strong winds until the second floor and interior walls are framed.

Unloading the semi of Tulip poplar logs in Wisconsin

PATRIOT LOG HOME BUILDERS shows you first hand just how the logs are delivered and unloaded. Patriot shows up to every job the day before log delivery to unload your semi truck for you. They do this for several reasons, primarily so they can strategically place the log bundles and materials where it is the most efficient for the building process. They generally will have the sub-floor already installed, either they are contracted to do the work, or the homeowner has had int completed before delivery. Logs are mostly loaded on the deck to save both time and wear and tear on the logs. When logs are dropped a considerable distance from your home, given rain ( a high probability these days) and with out a forklift(something we advise heavily on ...a solid investment for your log home) logs can get extremely dirty, stained and sometimes even dented or scratched. 
~First load of Tulip Poplar


Hand loading is still necessary  

Mike Hompertz JR. is an experienced fork lift driver, he makes it look easy (see video ) but it takes skill

Beautiful Tulip  poplar straight from the Mills of the forests of TN

Log delivery day is always exciting
SEE THE UNLOADING LIVE in this 
You tube video
Day two log delivery from Tn, Mike Homeprtz owner takes the movie while son, Mike Hompertz Jr. Drives the fork lift, Jeremy Sinur , log master, helps on the semi.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Building a TULIP POPLAR LOG HOME in Minocqua

For those wishing to see a Tulip Poplar log home in Wisconsin  Minocqua area, such a  home  is going up this fall from Grizzly log homes  built by Patriot Log Home Builders.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Looking for the prefect Log home accessories ?




Checkout this earthy woodsy treasury created by a fellow etsy seller , lovely for any log home style. Buy handmade or vintage and support fellow Americans and go green with VINTAGE purchases.The quilt you see if an AUTHENTIC OZARK MOUNTAIN QUILT   quality that I purchased while in my travels threw Branson Mo and the surrounding area. It is breathtaking! the octogens are all sewn on by hand. Dated circa 1960.



This is made all of 100 percent cotton 2 x 2 hexagon squares and expands to 148 inches in circumference. Patterns from the 1940/30s up to the bright orange and pink paisley prints of the early 1960s. Multi color lovely and rare delicate prints make this One of a kind quilt extremely rare and hard to find. I purchased this in Missouri , visiting my mom at a little white house with a picket fence, from a lady nearly 80 years old. charming. This is hard for me to part with.

ALL SQUARES ARE SEWN ON MY HAND, LOOK AT THE STITCHING IN THE PHOTO.

This is only the top, the back side would need to be added if you wanted to use this as a blanket. (please see second photo to see the back side)

What every log  home needs HAND SEWN QUILT no machine used.

Vintage FOLK ART authentic Ozark mountain QUILT TOP made in the early 1960s, ALL HAND SEWN, no machine

Vintage FOLK ART   authentic Ozark mountain  QUILT TOP made in the early 1960s, ALL HAND SEWN, no machine
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Vintage FOLK ART   authentic Ozark mountain  QUILT TOP made in the early 1960s, ALL HAND SEWN, no machine Vintage FOLK ART   authentic Ozark mountain  QUILT TOP made in the early 1960s, ALL HAND SEWN, no machine Vintage FOLK ART   authentic Ozark mountain  QUILT TOP made in the early 1960s, ALL HAND SEWN, no machine Vintage FOLK ART   authentic Ozark mountain  QUILT TOP made in the early 1960s, ALL HAND SEWN, no machine Vintage FOLK ART   authentic Ozark mountain  QUILT TOP made in the early 1960s, ALL HAND SEWN, no machine
This is made all of 100 percent cotton 2 x 2 hexagon squares and expands to 148 inches in circumference. Patterns from the 1940/30s up to the bright orange and pink paisley prints of the early 1960s. Multi color lovely and rare delicate prints make this One of a kind quilt extremely rare and hard to find. I purchased this in Missouri , visiting my mom at a little white house with a picket fence, from a lady nearly 80 years old. charming. This is hard for me to part with.

ALL SQUARES ARE SEWN ON MY HAND, LOOK AT THE STITCHING IN THE PHOTO.

This is only the top, the back side would need to be added if you wanted to use this as a blanket. (please see second photo to see the back side)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Grizzly's lowest prices in the industry

Patriot Log Home Builders selling and assisting through the process of building your vision of the log home dream. I have been able and fortunate to meet some the friendliest home owners which has made my job so rewarding. Grizzly Log Homes is one of those companies that is working with home owners to achieve the lowest and one of the best looking homes.We have many styles to choose from along with the tails,such as butt and pass,dove-tail,notched and mortised in. Many of your log home needs such as,posts,floor beams,decorative beam rafters 2x6 and 2x8 tounge and groove Send your sketch or print to Grizzly and I will get your price, it comes with engineered plans to complete. Give me a call at 608-547-4129 Mike

Monday, April 11, 2011

How to chain saw a log window opening and the end of a log

PATRIOT Log Home builders uses the Makita saw 16 1/2 blade takes skill and strength and care as its use is/or can be dangerous! The blade is exposed ! This saw should ONLY BE USED BY A PROFESSIONAL !!!!

Mike HOmpertz of Patriot Log Home builders


Using a standard Chain Saw to cut a D shape 8 x 8 Tulip Poplar log
A technique that Mike f Patriot Log Home Builders uses is, when he stacks the logs, rather than cut them to size, i.e. cut them to the length of the window opening, he finds the closest log and lets them hang threw, then after the stack he cuts threw , after marking the side of the window opening and in one full sweep cuts the opening. This takes skill and a steady arm.

Mike cutting with the large Makita 16 1/2 inch saw




Using the preferred Makita saw, Jeremy with Patirot Log home Builders shows how to saw the end of a log during the Kentucky log stack of Grizzly Tulip poplar

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tulip poplar log stack in Kn April


Mike HOmpertz of Patriot Log Home Builders went to Kentucky to do the log stack on the Grizzly package, a home just under 3000 square feet.



Log stack~ look at the progress in just 3 days!
Effective use of time and dedication



TULIP POPLAR- A HARDWOOD
Tulip poplar is a heavier and more dense wood than pine and cedar. It is 50 % heavier than both. The advantages would include more thermal mass, leading to a more solid and sturdy home with additional wind/weather Resistance including earthquake , tornado and hurricanes


Tulip Poplar more Weather Resistant 


Tulip Poplar- 50 % heavier than pine or cedar .
Patriot log home builders moves tonnage!!
Each log average  16 feet long and  weighs about 150 to 300 pounds each, these were  placed on the sub-floor by the forklift then individually cut, moved and set by hand. On this  semi load of logs it carried s 8 skids, each skids which  holds about   25  logs per skid or about 20 tons of logs
Patriot moved 27 tons in just 8 days! The garage was full log as well.  This requires endurance and strength, Patriot worked an average of 9  hours per day(excluding breaks)  and worked straight threw. This is the type of dedication you will receive when Patriot Log Home Builders shows up to build your home.  This print called for a 13 log stack, however with Patriots thrift in cutting the material and the log management with layout, additional logs were available and with negotiation with sales of Grizzly an additional course was added.


Why  use a professional to stack your logs ?
This is not the place to try to save Money , hire a specialist, it is NOT suggested to use a stick framer or general carpenter to stack your logs, it requires special tools and skill . Do not let them learn how to do this on your home, you will be sorry.
  • Your house is forever
  • Do you want to gamble with an unskilled laborer?
  • Number  1 problem , walls out of plum! Serious issue !
  •  Missed gaskets (not air tight)
  • More waste of time and material  and your money !
  • walls out of plum effect house home, it will show up EVERYWHERE , your doors, interior walls, trim and roof framing.



    What if my log stack is out of plum ? How can I fix it ? 
    The only thing you can do , is take it down and re-stack it . This time hire a professional, the money is well spent.

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