I visited three log homes last Sunday from around Ma's and they each had their own unique qualities. I like the idea of cutting our own white pine, debarking it, and using it for the house. That's the romantic side of me. But realistically, short of physical manpower, I may go with wholesale milled logs.
I am surprised at how endless the varieties of logs there are and certainly log homes. Even with a simple traditional cabin (which is what I'm headed for) there are so many log choices. And with those log choices also comes construction choices. If I go with round then I'll have chinking. Lots of types of chinking also.
Then there are the notches. Lots of types, Swedish coping, two notch, single, grooves, splines, etc.
I have decided on the butt and pass style corners, though. They are the kind I picture when I picture a log cabin.