Antique Hand Hewn Beams
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A hand-hewn mantle is a perfect compliment for a rustic log cabin or lodge fireplace. As shown here, our antique beams are from salvaged structures at least 100 to 200 years old.  These antique beams often include nail holes as well as worm holes and axe markings.
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Modern Design Styles
These are a few examples of the modern day cabin homes and outdoor structures using Hand Hewn Beams. These images will show you how the Hand Hewn Beams can still serve a unique purpose for your project. Think about your Cabins character and use antique beams to install detail to your framework.
Watauga Preservation does not believe in distroying the hard work that has stood the test of time. With antique lumber age is beauty. Thats why we work hard to preserve these hand made materials and prolong the history of each piece.
18th Century Hand Hewn Beam History

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The pioneers moved westward to the Appalachian Mountains to settle and start a new life. First, a shelter was needed for there family.
The shelters was called cabins. Mainly one room, no windows, and a single door with round logs. The chimneys were often made of sticks and mud. This was only a temporary cabin until a strong hand hewn cabin could be built.
Types of Log Cabins
The Appalachian Cabins were 16x20', had one room, one or two doors with a few windows, and a stone chimney at the end.
The hewn logs were squared with a broad ax instead of being left round. The roof was made of split oak shingles. The floor of the cabin was either smooth wooden boards or hard packed dirt.
The German Cabins usually had three rooms with a chimney in the center of the cabin. Roofs were sometimes made of thatch.
To make more room another cabin could be built right up against the first cabin on the fireplace side. The chimney was used in both cabins. This was called a "saddlebag" cabin.
A second cabin could also be built close to the first cabin. The roofs of the two cabins would be joined together. The people and the dog could walk between the two cabins. The type of cabin was called a "dog trot" cabin.
The log cabins were held together by notches at the ends of the logs. This was done by hand very carefully.
Different types of notches were Dovetail, Half Dovettail, Square, and Round. These cabins lasted an avearge of 200 yrs. The ends of the logs were often sawed off next to the building so that the rain and water would not collect and rot the logs.
The spaces between the logs were filled with mud, sticks, and sheeps fur called Chinking. This helped keep out the cold weather.
The Axe was the most important tool. With an axe, the pioneer could clear the land, build a cabin, cut fire wood, and build fences.
Different tools were used to do different kinds of jobs.
A Felling Axe was used to cut down the trees. The logs were hewned with the Broad Axe. The Adz made the floor boards smooth. The Broad Hatchet - the single-bit axe was the most popular hand tool used for hewing and notching.
This is a picture of a Broad Axe that was used to Hand Hewn logs for cabins.

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