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Donald Parsons replied to Matthew Kerr's discussion Fireplace recommendations for a log cabin addition
"Check out the fireplaces (and zero clearance products) on .  They have all sorts of fireplaces to choose from.  I personally have a which…"
17 hours ago
Donald Parsons replied to Hank Hill's discussion Q8 oil
"HI Scott - Yes, the Q8 log oil is on my railing/pickets.  My railings are treated pine.  In the Southern parts of the US, CTA, the maker of Q8 Log Oil, suggests using their M1- Advanced Mildewcide.  It's an easy add-in to Q8 and…"
May 11
Donald Parsons replied to Hank Hill's discussion Q8 oil
"Hi Hank - Q8 is not a linseed oil product.  I've used it on my log home for years now and am impressed with the product.  Not only is it a GREAT water repellent and UV block - it has the advantage of also being a preservative!…"
May 4
Donald Parsons left a comment for Bernadette Bento
"Hi Bernadette - we would be happy to work with you on your log home project.  You may check us out at or call 800-280-2574."
May 1
Donald Parsons replied to Herb Gale's discussion sequence to lowering jack
"Hi Herb - if you still have it, follow the sequence directions in the construction manual that came with your log home.  Typically you'll only adjust the jacks within the first two heating seasons as by that time the logs should have…"
Apr 9
Donald Parsons posted an event

Maryland Home & Garden Show at MARYLAND STATE FAIRGROUNDS

March 6, 2015 to March 8, 2015
Stop by and visit with Andy Cramer / Monkton Manor Specialties at the Maryland Home and Garden Show this weekend.  Visit Andy's web page or call him at (410) 977-9453 for free tickets!  He'll be glad to walk you through the process of investing in and building a log home.See More
Mar 4
Donald Parsons posted an event

Log Homes of the Blue Ridge at Bedford, VA

January 25, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm
Join Sharon Wrenn and Joe Van Pelt as they invite you in to their beautiful log home and offer insights and expertise in the process of buying and building a log home.See More
Jan 20
Donald Parsons posted a blog post

8 Ways to Stick to Your Log Home Building/Remodeling Budget

Recently I ran across this blog on (written by Bud Dietrich, AIA) and thought it was very relevant to any building project.  Several of the points he covers below I've touched on in my blog posts, but thought another point of view besides mine might be educational as well as informative for those looking to stay on…See More
Jan 2

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Tell us about yourself:
Built our log home in 1992 and went to work for Appalachian Log Structures in 1994. Previous to that I worked for 3 airlines and one Tour Wholesaler so I've been lucky enough to travel the world. My wife and I enjoy country living and the peace that our log home brings to our busy lives.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Yes! - for 20 years now - still lovin' it.

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8 Ways to Stick to Your Log Home Building/Remodeling Budget

Recently I ran across this blog on (written by Bud Dietrich, AIA) and thought it was very relevant to any building project.  Several of the points he covers below I've touched on in my blog posts, but thought another point of view besides mine might be…


Posted on January 2, 2015 at 4:28pm

How Log Homes Meet GREEN Building Guidelines

Here is an article from the Log Homes Council website that reviews the GREEN advantages of log home living. Although I've been in my log home for 20+ years and have been telling folks about these advantages, it's GREAT to see the Log Homes Council put these in a concise list that pretty much covers it…


Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:47pm

Celebrate National Log Cabin Month with Appalachian Log Structures

On June 7th 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives formally recognized the log home industry in the United States.

"America’s log cabin industry as a quintessential symbol of the American pioneering spirit, embodying America’s strength and ingenuity," said Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) in the Congressional Record.

"Log cabins, whether used for recreation or as primary residences, are economically sustainable,…


Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Are Your Log Homes to Code?

From the NAHB website - an informative article about Log Home building codes.

By Rob Pickett, Rob Pickett & Associates

Log homes. They spark the imagination with images of pioneers, ax in hand, clearing the land and using the very trees they fell to…


Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:01am

8 Stratigies For Reducing Log Home Construction Costs

In addition to being a motivation for much of what we do, money is energy. It enables us to go places and do things, including taking care of our families or buying and building a new home. Most of us have a finite amount of this energy, mainly through long years of hard work, patient savings and perhaps the sale of a…


Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

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At 9:11pm on February 21, 2012, Cecil Stubbs said…

Hi Donald, been a while since we've talked, hope all is well. give me a call sometime to catch up... 828-400-4505

At 9:29am on July 15, 2009, Mark Norsworthy said…
I see you have a cost estimating worksheet. We are working towards hopefully building a log home in a couple of years and if you could email me a copy of your worksheet it would be appreciated. Can use all the help I can get to determine what size and if we can afford our dream retirement home. Email to , Thanks
At 7:51am on June 9, 2009, Engelbrekt said…
If you could please e-mail me a copy as well Donald, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.
At 2:44pm on June 4, 2009, Chris Yaletchko said…
I am looking for a copy of the cost estimating worksheet. I attended a seminar at Valley Forge in the spring and the workbook referenced a link to it that is no longer active. Please forward it to me also if it is not too much trouble. Thanks, Chris Yaletchko (
At 8:37am on May 5, 2009, Jon Dowell said…
Tell Graham JD said hi, and I really enjoyed his help starting The Travis Log home in SC.
At 8:36am on February 21, 2009, See Dirt Run! Inc. said…
Good seeing you yesterday. Hopefully we all have a super busy day today!
At 7:51pm on January 2, 2009, cui yongli said…
Happy new year dear Donald.we had a very good year 2008.Hope all of people in ALSI have a good new year.Thanks for your support in the 2008 year.In 2009 I need improve my English.I think that we have many things to do.Good luck 2009.
At 10:34pm on December 2, 2008, cui yongli said…
Dear Donald:some new photos to you.
At 9:07am on November 14, 2008, cui yongli said…
hi,donald,new work photos for you.thanks all applog people.we are busy now.
At 7:52am on November 9, 2008, cui yongli said…
Hi Donald,tow pictures for you.


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