Important Facts About Rapid River Rustic and Advantages of Using Northern White
Northern White Cedar, Natures Most Durable Wood Species
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Cedar Mill & Log Yard
We have owned and operated our own manufacturing facilities since 1970.
We specialize in Northern White Cedar for the following reasons:
Naturally Decay Resistant - Naturally
Minimal Settling - Highest Insulation Value
These natural features equate to less maintenance for you!
The characteristics of wood that generally concern log home
buyers are cost, appearance, resistance to insects and decay, insulation value
and stability . Additional considerations include the availability of the
particular wood species in commercial quantities and the ease with which the
wood can cut and shaped into building logs.
Northern White Cedar is generally considered by many as one of the finer
grades of wood, typically available in smaller diameters in the northeastern
United States. Rapid River Rustic is located in the heart of Cedar country; the
Cedar swamps of Northern Michigan. All of our wood is harvested in the winter
months within a 70 mile radius of our manufacturing plant. Because we air dry ,
mill and ship all of our Cedar from our own mill, we are very competitive with
other companies who use a lesser wood species. Get
directions to our manufacturing facilities and model northern cedar log
Northern White Cedar has a very pleasant odor and appearance with its natural
blonde color. Cedar has smaller, tighter knots and attractive array of growth
ring patterns. Our logs are milled with a double tongue and groove and can be
either hand peeled to give them the traditional "rustic" look or
milled smooth for a more contemporary look.
Cedar is naturally resistant to insect infestation and decay, and has less
shrinkage, settling and checking than any other wood species. Also, Cedar has a
higher R-value per inch than any other wood species. These features make a home
built with Northern White Cedar a very low maintenance home. Generally most
contractors find building a Cedar log home easier and less labor intensive than
building with any other species of wood.
Rapid River Rustic is one of America's oldest log home manufacturers in
business today. Founded in 1970, we operate one of the largest and finest
mills in the industry, which substantially reduces costs for the benefit of our
customers. Read Message from Rapid River Rustic,
Northern White Cedar provides for more thermal efficiency per inch than any
other wood species. A 6" cedar log has the same thermal mass as a
10" pine log, without the twisting and settling problems.
Northern White Cedar has the lowest shrinkage rate of all species making it
perfect for building full log homes that will have minimal shrinkage compared to
other wood species (1)
(1) Log Home Living Magazines 1997 Annual Buyers Guide, C109.
NORTHERN WHITE CEDAR, NATURES MOST DURABLE WOOD SPECIES
“Log Home Maintenance”
"How a typical Northern White Cedar
Log Home Owner maintains their home"
Read some letters from our satisfied customers who enjoy
the many benefits of living in a beautiful Northern White Cedar Log Home.. Testimonials