Handcrafted Log & Timber

Glossary of Handcrafted Log & Timber Terms

We will be adding to the list below.  Please feel free to email us and suggest more definitions!

Purlin: A roof member that runs parallel to the ridge log, and rests on the top chord of a truss or on rafters.

Ridge Log: Log or timber that supports the peak of the roof system. Supported on either end by the peak of the gable end (which may in turn be a truss, or rafters and purlins).

Saddle Notch: Joinery formed by two intersecting perpendicular logs. The top log is scribed to fit the curvature of the log beneath it, resembling a saddle shape.

Scribe: using a tool (called a scribe) to mark a line on the piece to be cut, exactly parallel to the piece onto which it will fit. See photos of a logcrafter’s scribe, and then see it in action in our video of Ken hand scribing a notch

Our Story

Caribou Creek began in 1989 as a family business started by the three Byler brothers. Since that time, it has worked its way to become a premier builders of log and timber projects in the United States and worldwide.


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Caribou Creek Log & Timber
195 Sunrise Road
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805


Caribou Creek has more than fulfilled my vision.  Their honesty, integrity, truthfulness and state-of-the-art craftsmanship is beyond reproach.Richard E. McClellanCaribou Creek Log Home Owner
Caribou Creek is a member of NFIB. NFIB represents the interests of small and independent business owners before federal and state legislative and executive branches of government. As a matter of policy, NFIB does not endorse or promote the products and services of its members.
Caribou Creek is a member of the International Log Builders Association

Caribou Creek is a member of Safari Club International, a leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.

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