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Log Home Repair: Replication
Although restoration is the term craftsmen usually apply to the repair of a log structure, Dave Tuxbury of American Log Restoration in Twin Lake, Michigan, prefers the world replication.
came into the business of restoration with the background of a log builder.
In this role he
was often consulted regarding water infiltration, settling and structural problems.
Finding solutions became a challenge and, as his
skills grew, a source of pride.
mastered the art of replacing logs using techniques, tools and materials that allow the logs to blend perfectly into the original structure; this the emergence of the method he
To achieve replication, he
uses logs with the same characteristics as the replaced ones and then duplicates the original building procedure.
A replicated area will tie in and perfectly match the existing structure.
The buildingâ€™s authenticity, structural balance and beauty will be returned.
In the last fifteen years, Dave Tuxbury
crew have used this method on hundreds of log buildings: some have historical significance; others are modern residences.
These included handcrafted, saddle-notch homes, both chinked and full scribe; square beamed with dove-tailed corners; and various styles of machined logs.
Last year he
was called to Berrien Springs to restore the Murdock house, the oldest log building in Michigan.
In restoring the building, Dave
used some of the same tools the original builders used: saws and axes for squaring and log marks; saws and chisels for hand hewing the dove tails.
stapled screening onto the logs to hold the lime, sand and mortar mixture â€" the authentic chinking material that was used.
After the mortar cured, two coats of sealant were applied to it.
With turning logs of the same species as the original and saws and chisels, Dave
workers duplicated the logs and the notches.
found white pine
that weighed nearly one ton to fit the specifications.
Chains and winches were used to unload the log from the truck.
It was then skidded up to the sidewalk close to the wall.
Using hydraulic jacks and cables the log was positioned and secure by Dave
For this project Dave
used several hundred Michigan white pine logs, ten to twelve inches in diameter, that were individually selected.
The logs were fully cured and dried for the least amount of shrinkage and settling.
used a draw knife for peeling and adapting the logs to blend into their proper place in the structure.
has not come across a log home that is beyond repair.
has discovered created solutions to the problems that come with time and has found a way of replicating the most intricate log building to recover its structural integrity and revive its natural beauty.
FIFE LAKE, MI - Dave Tuxbury ...
FIFE LAKE, MI - Dave Tuxbury says his Deer Tracks Ranch offers the best of what northern Michigan once had in abundance - virgin forest land filled with wildlife.
Tuxbury, founder and owner of Maple Island Log Homes, says it's time for someone else to enjoy the 1,465-acre hunting preserve he has maintained and built up during the past 20 years about 30 miles southeast of Traverse City.
was forced by the state's Department of Natural Resources
in 2012 to destroy a herd of feral swine he
kept on the property, Tuxbury
said the high-profile dispute with the state is unrelated to his
decision to sell.
"That situation really doesn't bother me anymore," said Tuxbury
, who still keeps buffalo, deer and elk on the property.
wants to pass the land along to someone who can fully appreciate the property's half-mile of frontage on the Manistee River, its three miles of trout streams, the luxurious cabins, lodges, hunting blinds, 110-foot fire tower and an onsite deer processing facility.
"This parcel has never been touched by man for millions of years," says Tuxbury
, who bought the fenced preserve 30 years ago from the Upjohn family, the Kalamazoo pharmaceutical makers who used it as a family compound.
"They kept it natural and I have the same philosophy that they had," Tuxbury
"It's never been cleared, it's never been farmed.
It's actually virgin property."
While much of the property has been untouched, what has been touched by Tuxbury
is rustic in a luxurious style.
greatest pleasure came from being able to watch the wildlife grow and live a full life on his
Located half an hour from Traverse City's Airport, Tuxbury
property would be ideal for someone who is very private and wants to get away from it all.
Or, it could be used as a corporate setting and host larger groups.
Testimonials - Custom handcrafted log homes by Maple Island Log Homes
Maple Island Log Homes owner, Dave Tuxbury, apprenticed with Montana log handcrafters before moving home to Michigan in 1977 to found Maple Island Log Homes.
Dave has never wavered from his love of classic log home handcraftsmanship and has a deep desire to keep these traditional techniques alive.
He considers each home a crafted work of art and is proud to put the Maple Island Log Homes name on each one.
Dave Tuxbury, owner, and ...
Dave Tuxbury, owner, and Bill Klein have offered a whitetail management youth hunt at the ranch for a buck scoring up to 125 B & C. This is an opportunity for someone to give a youth (hopefully a first-time hunter) the chance to experience white-tail deer hunting.
B4K Tyler Allanson Outdoor Wish Story
During the time between hunts, the owner, Dave Tuxbury, took us on a tour of the ranch.
Dave even let Tyler drive the golf cart.
We came up to the swamp and Dave
had built a long bridge to the other side.