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July-Aug. 2017

A Home for Healing Log Cabin Month Joyce Log Home Plan August 2017 Log Raising Honest Abe’s Model Homes Who Builds Your Home?

July-Aug. 2017

Not Just Log Homes By Josh Beasley President, Honest Abe Log Homes Honest Abe Log Homes is always pleased to be part of a family’s new home, but we are equally happy to help a business design and build a new commercial structure or create the plans and manufacture the log and timber components that puts a congregation into its new house of worship. In the photo above a group of representatives from Macon County, Tennessee, are proudly displaying a check representing grant funds awarded by the State of Tennessee’s Tourism Development department for a new structure where meetings of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and other community organizations may be held. Honest Abe was selected to build the 30’ x 40’ log building that features a meeting room, bathroom and a small kitchenette. Over the four decades we’ve been creating log structures, we’ve been part of thousands of projects throughout Tennessee, and thanks to our Independent Dealer Network, across the United States. And these were not just log homes. We remind our customers that we’re here to help design, manufacture and build what they imagine, whether it’s garages, outbuildings, gazebos, boat houses or other residential add-ons, or it’s a new office, restaurant, hotel, park structure or church. Log buildings are part of our nation’s history. Honest Abe wants to become part of yours.

In this issue... FEATURED HOME: Home for Healing, p. 3-10 Tour Our Models, p. 9 Log Cabin Month , p. 10 Honest Abe’s Models, p. 11 Joyce Plan, p. 12 Who Builds My Home? p. 13 Aug. 2017 Log Raising, p. 14 Cooking with Lodge, p. 15 Honest Abe Living editing, design and layout by Claudia Johnson

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A Home for Healing By Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Log Homes

Some happy endings are bittersweet. That's certainly so for Michelle Hedges, an Honest Abe homeowner who planned for decades with her husband for their forever home only to lose him suddenly just as the home had been ordered. "Honest Abe was patient and supportive until I was ready to build," Michelle recalls, adding that her sons encouraged her to move forward with the project because their father would have wanted it that way. "It was a pleasure to work with Inez Price, a sales representative at the National Headquarters in Moss, and to see how designer Mike Hix customized the Honest Abe Westfield plan into the home I had envisioned. Constructed and finished by builder Joe Isenberg, the  2,543 SF Hedges  home is located on Tennessee's northeastern Highland Rim, situated on Revolutionary War land grant property that has been in Mic helle recent ly invited photographer Jeff Gartin into Michelle's family for generations on the exact spot where her greather home for a three-day photo shoot, and the stunning great-grandfather was born. photos on pages 3-10 are the "I can't believe I am here without him," she says, still reeling from the result. She also welcomed Hones t A be ’s new sis t er fact that she's enjoying the dream home without her husband but business, The Mill Storehouse, to display some of its home admitting she is surrounded by precious memories and plenty of love. decor items throughout the "My parents live at the end of this road, and my sons, daughter-in-law home. The Hedges home was selected for a multipage and grandchildren visit often.” feature article in Log Cabin Homes’ March 2017 issue. Surrounded by simple, elegant beauty and a sense of belonging, Michelle says she is, indeed, home.


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The open floor plan for the central living space along with Michelle's choice of natural finish on 6x12 square Eastern white pine interior walls, Douglas fir beams and tongue-and-groove spruce ceilings along with the absence of curtains creates a well-lighted interior in every season. The landing serves as an office and sitting room flanked by a full bath, a guest room and the grandchildren's room.


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“I love my log home because it is the fulfillment of a

lifelong dream. It is roomy, yet cozy. It is without a doubt

the sturdiest well-buil" home in the area. I hope it lasts for many generations.” – Michelle Hedges

Maple cabinets with granite counters were custom designed and handcrafted by a local cabinet maker. Michelle left the Douglas fir beams exposed to take full advantage of the character of the wood. She’s mixed vintage pieces and accents with family antiques and modern appliances for an eclectic look. There’s an adjacent pantry and utility room, and an additional kitchen is being constructed in the finished basement.


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“The partnership with Honest Abe was incredible. Inez Price of Honest Abe’s sales team was

instrumental in the process, and designer Mike Hix took my ideas and turned them into a unique home that suits my needs.” – Michelle Hedges

The master suite, surrounded by wide, covered porches, features exposed ceiling beams, natural finish square log walls and hardwood floors stained to appear aged. Michelle chose extra-wide doors, a walk-in shower and a bath vanity with seating to make aging in place easier. The bed was crafted by her late husband.


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The Hedges home has

four bedrooms, including these two guest rooms

that feature beds made by Michelle’s father-in-law. The dormer in the

upstairs room creates a small office, while the

downstairs guest room

overlooks the front porch, Michelle’s parents’

vegetable garden and the path to their home.


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Michelle wanted to evoke the feel of summer camp for her three young grandchildren. The log walls, wood floors and substantial handcrafted furnishings of their grandchildren’s upstairs bedroom (above) provide durability. Safety-locked windows overlook a farm where lifetime memories are made. The 2,543-square-foot Hedges home near Moss, Tennessee, is constructed of 6x12 Eastern White Pine square logs. Designed and manufactured by Honest Abe Log Homes, it has a full basement, four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a wrap-around porch.


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Spanning a portion of the home's rear is a screened porch with a cathedral ceiling and wide-plank floors. The comfortable outdoor space connects to covered porches that surround the house on all four sides through ornate screen doors and is cooled by ceiling fans.


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You are invited to a celebration

“National Log Cabin Month 2017 is a great opportunity for our guests to experience first-hand the quality and beauty of a log home,” said Josh Beasley, President of Honest Abe Log Homes. “We are proud to be part of an industry that is interwoven with the history of our country.” That history was recognized in the Congressional Record of the United States when Rep. Reid J. Ribble of Wisconsin spoke before Congress in 2012 about the importance of the log home industry, calling it “a quintessential symbol of the American pioneering spirit, embodying America’s strength and ingenuity.” “Log cabin production directly supports thousands of jobs from builders to sales professionals, as well as the housing market, lending institutions and many others,” Ribble noted. Ribble said that National Log Cabin Month also draws attention to the inherent “green” nature of log homes, noting that they are “economically sustainable, reducing waste and employing materials that put Mother Nature’s beauty at center stage.” Beasley explained that the modern manufacturing process for log and timber frame homes utilizes every portion of the log, and pre-cut home packages go up quickly and leave less waste on the job site compared to conventional construction. “Logs used for construction are solid and uninterrupted,” Beasley  said. “Coupled with modern sealant materials and building techniques, this makes log homes highly energy efficient.” Honest Abe’s four Tennessee Sales Models will provide free information about all aspects for log and timber home design and construction during July open house events, which  are  free and open to the public.  At the events listed at, visitors will be treated to refreshments and a tour of the Honest Abe fully furnished and decorated model log homes manufactured by Honest Abe Log Homes.


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You’re Invited to a Free Tour of Four Log Homes A trip through the heart of Tennessee along I-40 provides the perfect opportunity for touring four distinctly different, furnished model log homes designed, manufactured and built by Honest Abe Log Homes. Visit the homes between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays until 3 p.m. The Milling Plant at the Moss Model Home National Headquarters is open for tours by appointment.

Moss Moss Model Home, National Headquar ters & Milling Plant – 9995 Clay County Hwy., Moss, TN 38575 • 800-231-3695 • National Headquarters Mill & Model • North of I-40 on U.S. Hwy. 52, 10 mi. west of Celina, 25 mi. east of Lafayette

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Cookeville Model Home – 3205 Hwy. 111 N., Cookeville, TN 38506 • 800-280-3651 • Hwy. 111, 6.5 mi. north of 1-40 Exit 288


boro Murfrees Murfreesboro - 233 River Rock Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128 • 800-467-5647 • South of I-840, 1-24 Exit 78A, left on Cason Ln., left on River Rock

Crossville - 448 Crabtree Rd., Crossville, TN 38571 • 800-886-4864 • Go north from 1-40 Exit 320, left on Crabtree


floor plan gallery

Joyce Home First Floor

Second Floor

See this plan and many others at

9995 Clay County Highway Moss, TN 38575 76 | Log Home Living




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Who builds my Honest Abe home? Honest Abe provides design, manufacturing and delivery services for log or timber frame homes. We offer one of the most complete log or timber frame packages in the industry. Of course, your package may be customized depending on certain options you exercise during your design phase. Honest Abe has developed a contractor network to assist you in building and completing your log home. Honest Abe Construction Department’s Dry-in Service is available in certain geographical areas as a contract separate from the purchase of your log home package. If you are outside of our Dry-in Service area, Honest Abe will assist you in locating qualified log home builders in your area. Our Dry-in Service includes completion of first floor framing and subfloor, setting the log or timber frame package, constructing the ceiling beam system, building the roof system, erecting the gable ends, installing soffits, fascia, dormer trim and exterior doors and windows, roughing-in the interior walls and stairs and build porches and decks. Regardless of who performs your dry-in services, you’ll be responsible for selecting contractors and craftsmen to complete the excavation, foundations, drywall, carpeting, tile or hardwood flooring installation, roofing, stain application, trim work, plumbing, HVAC, landscaping, painting, electrical and septic tank installation. Honest Abe’s goal is to help you in establishing a business relationship with only the best qualified tradesmen with our Help Everyone Locate  Professional Builders (HELP Build) program. Our staff guides you through these processes calling on nearly four decades of experience in helping more than 7,000 customers become Honest Abe homeowners.


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Register for the

Honest Abe Log Homes invites the public to v isit our National Headquarters in Moss, Tennessee, on Saturday, Aug. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. to attend a Log Raising and Manufacturing Tour. Watch as members of the company build a small structure, showing and describing the process of building an Honest Abe Log Home. Spend time with drafting professionals, manufacturing staff and new home consultants. Ask questions and learn about how our log cabins and timber frame homes are designed and created. Families are welcome. Complimentary lunch will be served at noon, and afterwards a tour of our manufacturing facilities will be Get detailed directions and register at conducted. Seating is free but limited, so reservations are required. The event is held in a climate controlled building on the Honest Abe Log Homes National Headquarters and its accompanying manufacturing complex on Hwy. 52, 10 miles west of Celina and approximately 25 miles east of Lafayette in the community of Moss, Tenn. Moss is located in the Tennessee Upper Cumberland, one of Tennessee’s most beautiful and affordable vacation destinations, so we encourage you to attend the log raising and make a weekend of your stay in the region. Within comfortable driving distance of our facility there are numerous overnight accommodations – bed and breakfast homes, historic inns, state parks with lodging, marinas, houseboats and traditional motels from rustic to small town to micropolitan settings. The area is famous for its waterfalls, recreational lakes, driving trails, historic places, wineries and musical venues and festivals.

August 2017 Log Raising at Moss, Tennessee

We don’t want to mislead you. The log raising will be a small structure assembled inside a climate controlled building. We do want to inspire you, because this is how it will look when your log home dream is becoming your forever home. Join us for a log raising and realize how easily this can be yours!


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Love Handles Corn on the Cob Lodge Cast Iron's new offering, Love Handles, made this frozen corn on the cob from last year’s garden taste like fresh. Here’s what we did: 1. thawed frozen corn then rinsed in warm water 2. melted butter (lots of butter) in Love Handles skillet on medium 3. put corn in skillet and rolled it in butter constantly for about 5 minutes (this takes patience, but it’s worth it) 4. Sprinkle with salt, and keep rolling until some of the kernels begin to brown 5. Remove from heat and serve immediately


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