Log Species, Log Profiles & Building Systems

Log Species

Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes offers a wide selection of log species proven to be great performers.

Eastern White Pine is known for its great insulation values, medium-coarse texture, and its tight, prominent grain. White Pine is often chosen for its light color and because it has fewer knots than other pine species. Being lighter in weight, it is also easier to handle during the construction process. We offer premium White Pine for a variety of applications. It is the most popular wood species produced at Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes.

We also offer Southern Yellow Pine, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock.

Log Profiles

Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes’ complete selection of log species and profiles allow our customers maximum design flexibility.

Our premium graded log systems are first expertly kiln dried to remove moisture and stabilize the logs. They are then finish-milled to exact tolerances. In the final step, the logs are pre-cut and pre-drilled for ease of construction. Jim Barna customers can choose from any of the most popular log styles and profiles on the market today.

Round Log System


Our full Round Log System, available is 6 ½”, 8”, 9”, 10” and 12” diameter logs, provides the traditional aesthetic harmony of round logs both on the exterior and interior walls of a Jim Barna home. For incomparable structural strength in building, this system utilizes saddle notch corners (with tongues and grooves running through the notch). The full round system is started with a base log and finished with a top plate on every other wall (These base logs and top plates consist of full logs split half horizontally).

D-Log System


Available in 8”, 9”, 10”, 12”. The Round outside and flat inside, offers a bit more conventional interior look.

Square Log System


Available in 6 x 12 or 8 x 12 or 9x12 as well as 10x12 size with Appalachian dove-tail corners as well as European dove-tail corners. Planed, machine-hewn and hand-hewn finishes, as well as Chink-groove or V-groove or Rustic-groove options.

Half Log or Siding System


Available in all log profiles offered by Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes, with or without full log corners. It is popular for new residential or commercial projects especially in areas with stricter building regulations. You can also convert a frame home into a log over frame system!

Hi Stack Log System


Round outside and flat inside similarly to the standard D shape logs but taller and thinner.

Building Systems

Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes’ standard construction method offers a settling system which ensures that the structure settles evenly. You can select between the undrilled or the pre-drilled version.

Jim Barna also offers two unique building systems. In our Standard Building System, rafters and upper floor beams must be cut to specific lengths on the job site. Our Classic Pre-Cut building system combines precision engineering with ease of construction. All rafters and upper floor beams are pre-cut. We code each element in our structural packages and label its exact position to eliminate guesswork and to expedite the building process.

All Jim Barna log homes are available in both the standard and the classic building systems.

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