Understanding the appeal of log furniture may be difficult for some, but those who understand the appeal of log would rather see a simple piece of log furniture instead of a finely carved mahogany table. Oftentimes the ‘pioneer’ look provided by log furniture provides a rugged appearance that can stand out in any room.
The antithesis of conventional furniture
Traditionally speaking, the majority of furniture throughout history has been made of wood. Wood is nothing more than ‘tamed’ logs. However, when we compare it to most of the conventional furniture, log furniture is a stark contrast. Whereas furniture makers traditionally preferred pristine wooden planks without blemishes or knots, those who produce log furniture emphasize diseased patches, knots, and possibly even tree bark.
Understanding cracks in log furniture
Specific cracks in logs are referred to as ‘checking’ or ‘checks’. This is attributed to the natural drying process and it does not affect the structural integrity of the log. The cracks that run with the grain (vertically) are referred to as ‘checks’. Depending on the diameter of the log, these can be as much as 3/4 inch in width.
Not just unique – environmentally responsible
Log furniture is biodegradable and recyclable. Unlike the affordable metallic furniture and plastic materials that are not biodegradable or recyclable. Despite the fact that log furniture is extremely durable, there will come a day that you might have to replace it. In that event, it is good to know that it is not going to end up on a landfill.
A unique sense of style
Depending on the manufacturing methods, log furniture can be long lasting and very durable. Log furniture is practical and unique. There are no two pieces that are the same. This is perhaps what is most appealing. Unlike the conventional mass-produced pieces, no two pieces of log furniture are going to be exactly alike. The uniqueness of the logs and slabs guarantee that every piece is its own form of natural, hand-made freeform art.