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WORKING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT

Nature has provided us with an excellent source of logs for Log Construction. Every year many high altitude beetle epidemics and occasionally forest fires kill spruce and lodge pole pines. Dead timber is great for house log construction but is almost useless for most other purposes.

The logs are harvested from vast tracts of timber that have been killed by periodic beetle epidemics. The beetle kills the green trees, but does not harm the wood, leaving a tree dead but still standing and very sound. These trees will stand for years, sometimes decades. Over time, this dry climate and natural curing process thoroughly dries and creates what is called dead-standing trees. These are the trees that ACS Log Build uses for construction purposes.

We are very aligned with nature's cycle of survival and growth in the timbered Colorado Rockies. Throughout the Colorado Rockies, vast tracts of timber have been standing dead for decades. Among the dead timber, there is a young green forest growing up underneath. When harvesting dead standing timber, we remove a big source of fuel; lessening the danger and severity of forest fires.

Ongoing environmental impact assessments are made in all logging areas and great lengths are taken to protect the young green forest for future generations. Our lumberjacks work only on trees specifically designated and tagged, they take maximum care not to injure green living trees. When we do inadvertently damage green trees, we make restitution by planting new seedlings.

Dry wood is necessary for dimensionally stable lumber and house logs. Your typical construction wood used in conventional home construction is dried, usually by kiln or air-drying. This process works fine for lumber and boards, but with sizable pieces of wood, such as house logs, the results are far from satisfactory. While kiln or air-drying logs yields a certain degree of dryness, it is difficult to dry large house logs all the way to the center by trying to duplicate the natural aging process.

All logs shrink, warp, and crack to some extent during the drying and aging process. Our house logs, made from dead-standing pine timber, have already been through these stages and are stable for construction.

House logs made from dead-standing pine timber greatly simplify every phase of construction. Builders using green pine logs must take extraordinary precautions to allow for settling and shrinking. Openings for doors and windows are built oversized and with special designs so that over the years the settling logs do not press down on windows and doors. Hundreds of joints have to be routed and spliced to prevent gaps as the house ages and to keep logs from splitting. Corner systems have to be engineered to keep corners from separating.