Today was a great day. An incredible day, monumental really. I spent 3 hours on the road and 2 hours trudging through three and a half feet of snow in the woods in the middle of literally nowhere. I then drove the three hours back home, and couldn’t have been happier with the result.
Today, we found the ridgepole and cap logs.
What? Why is that a big deal?
In a log home, at least the one we are trying to build, the ridgepole and cap logs are the most important logs in the build.
These are the three logs that sit on top of the wall structure and hold up the entire roof. In particular – the largest, straightest, and most badass log you can find, needs to be your ridgepole, the one log at the the very top, spanning the entire peak of the roof. The two cap logs sit lower on each side.
These logs need to be 50 ft long, and large enough to support the roof.
We have 45 logs sitting on our land, waiting to be stacked. Although many of them are big, in line, and beautiful, I just never felt confident we had found the one that could claim the title of, ridgepole.
Why do I keep using bold font for that word? I don’t know, just makes it sound bigger and more important. Well, because a ridgepole is important.
Anyways, I am ecstatic because we found three candidates (and many more that will be part of the build).
Aren’t they beautiful? We have searched all over northwest Wisconsin, and these are the largest, most beautiful, natural growth, Norway red pines that could be found (in my opinion).
These trees are about 24 inches in diameter, and must be 70 ft tall. When we cut them off at 50 feet, they will still be 14 inch diameter. Fairly large logs