Quality structures begin with quality material. At Logsmith we have been our own sawyers since 1989, manufacturing timbers from carefully selected white pine logs. 24’ and 32’ continuous rafters, plates and ridges are quite common in our projects.
Timbers are air dried under our canopy until they are dry enough to be re-sawn and moved into our heated shop. Each timber frame piece is then precision measured and cut, pre-fit and pre-pinned, planed and sanded, and then oiled or stained. Only dry timber can be properly sanded and stained. We sand and stain all of our projects.
Precise joinery is very important to us, due to its key role in the strength of the structure. Every piece is individually designed for the strength of the joint, and is also carefully proportioned so that the whole frame is aesthetically pleasing. Pre-fit joinery reduces on site assembly time and therefore reduces crane costs for our clients.
Eastern White Pine
Refraining from using the centre or pith of the log when sawing timbers is called ‘Free of Heart Centre’ or FOHC. FOHC timber is preferred at Logsmith, instead of boxed heart timber. To limit wood checking, changing shape, and to ensure joint integrity, building with stable timbers is a priority. This can be achieved by reducing moisture content and ensuring proper cutting of the timbers.
The various species of wood that are used in our projects are carefully selected by grade and appearance. The best species is chosen to meet the needs of each individual project. For example, Ontario White Pine is easy to dry and work with, while British Columbia Douglas Fir offers strength and a beautiful, rich red colour. Red Cedar, from the west coast, is used for exterior applications due to its natural resistance to weather.
Western Red Cedar