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North American Log Crafters

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17 reviews

Listed in Construction, Log Homes


It began in 1970 with the dream of a hand-made log house—a dream that inspired the cross-country journey of a man who didn’t want to raise his young family on a city street. The vision of this 20th century pioneer was the “log home life style” before anyone had a catchphrase for it. Within a few years Ed Campbell had uprooted his family, left the security of his former career and established a legacy that his son Brian continues today at North American Log Crafters.

In the early 1970s the idea of living a modern life in a log cabin seemed far-fetched: most existing log houses were dark, old or abandoned and without up-to-date conveniences—built to provide shelter during another century. The techniques involved in traditional log craftsmanship were largely forgotten.

Ed Campbell knew it wouldn’t be easy. “We felt as if we had to prove something,” he says in an early interview, “not just to all the doubters and the critics (and you could see the pity, almost, in their eyes when we told people we were going to be building a log home), but to ourselves.”

He had some experience in construction, a lot of determination, and a desire to involve his family in a meaningful project so he bought a book called “Building with Logs” by Allan Mackie and slowly put together his first hand-crafted log house. The home attracted a great deal of curiosity and it became apparent that more people were eager to experience log home living.

“With all the frustrations and all the problems, I became extremely interested in the process of building with logs.” Ed remembers. “I just knew there had to be a better way than the way I was going at it…and that’s when I started seriously to find out more: to make a career out of it.”

Taking a comprehensive log building course taught by the author of the book after building that first log house on his own, Ed honed his handcrafting skills and went on to become an instructor himself, teaching courses through a local college while he built and shipped log homes across Canada and the USA. The business continued to grow and Ed Campbell Log Homes attracted gifted craftsmen and serious clients.

In 1974 Ed was one of the 6 founding members of the International Log Builder’s Association (originally called the Canadian Log Builders Association) which recently celebrated 40 years. ( http://www.logassociation.org/docs/ilba-40-years.pdf )

Becoming increasingly renowned for his dedication to the craft, Ed Campbell and the skilled men that he employed trained his son Brian in the art of log home building as he grew up. Brian, who began peeling logs as a young teen laughs: “At the time I would have rather had a dirt bike!”

By 1984 the very first handcrafted log structure ever shipped from Canada to Japan was constructed in Scotch Creek by Ed Campbell Log Homes—and there were many more to follow. The Japanese were excited about the “Canadian Log House” and orders flooded in. Enthusiasts traveled to Canada for log building courses and organized seminars in Japan.

Ed and Brian Campbell developed warm friendships with the Japanese craftsmen and shared memorable hours while teaching and building log homes. A restaurant and an Inn in Japan were christened with the Campbell name!

In 1992 Brian decided to buy the company his father had started, calling his venture North American Log Crafters.

By the turn of the millennium Brian and his team were filling orders for luxurious custom homes—particularly throughout the United States. No one was mistaking these for lowly log cabins: the log house had become a status symbol.

Log Homes of all sizes continue to impress and charm people who love substance, strength and rustic style. Even in our high-tech modern world, people still crave natural materials and hand-made quality. Each log is carefully selected, hand-peeled and handcrafted.

Various styles suit all tastes– North American Log Crafters builds Post & Beam, Timber Frame as well as log homes and cabins.

if you can dream it, North American Log Crafters can build it! That’s how it started for us and we can make it happen for you!

January 10, 2017

The care and craftsmanship of the builders is evident everywhere from the 15” Douglas Fir logs from Canada to the hundreds of details.

January 10, 2017

It’s been ten years and my house looks great!

January 10, 2017

This cabin is unbelievably BEAUTIFUL! All the details and the woodwork are a work of art.

January 10, 2017

Les and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your team at North American Log Crafters for not only building a log home of fine quality and craftsmanship but also personalizing it for our family. You were able to listen to our needs and wants and created a home that reflects who we are. Your expertise and knowledge made our log home dream a reality.

January 10, 2017

Truly the Rolls Royce of log cabins.

January 10, 2017

Thanks again for all your help. Customs had no issues and the inspector commented on how professional all was done. I’m excited to start thinking of garage/ loft space. As soon as I’m done with the house I’ll start phase 2!

January 10, 2017

The cabin is beautiful, comfortable, and spacious. It felt like we were walking in to a magazine. The cabin is absolutely breath taking!

January 10, 2017

If we had it all to do over tomorrow, there’s no question North American Log Crafters would build our home. Brian Campbell and his crew are passionate about log building. Their attention to detail and craftsmanship are unsurpassed. And, more importantly, their willingness to be hands-on with the customer is very comforting. Our home is finished and it’s an incredible work of art. Our home will be here for our grandchildren’s grandchildren to enjoy…it is our legacy.

January 9, 2017

The overall size and utter beauty of this cabin is unreal. The woodworking is like nothing anyone has ever seen. The attention to detail is what makes it truly amazing.

January 9, 2017

I looked at many log homes built by different contractors. Prices varied and so did quality and workmanship. We decided to go with Brian and his crew. From the planning stages to the finishing touches they have been a pleasure to work with.

January 9, 2017

This cabin far exceeded every expectation I had.

January 9, 2017

Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoy our house. It has been seven years and the logs are still as tight as they were on day one. Everybody who comes to visit us is impressed not only with the size of the logs, but also the overall craftsmanship!

January 9, 2017

I cannot rave about this place enough. This house is truly magnificent.

January 9, 2017

I am very pleased with the quality of the log structure due to the excellent quality of the Douglas Fir Logs and workmanship on the structure. I would also like to thank all personnel at NA Logcrafters for their support, providing additional assistance and advice.

January 9, 2017

We both could not believe how much space there was, how much detail was put into this cabin and really just how lovely it was.

December 17, 2014

Les and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your team at North American Log Crafters for not only building a log home of fine quality and craftsmanship but also personalizing it for our family. You were able to listen to our needs and wants and created a home that reflects who we are. Your expertise and knowledge made our log home dream a reality” – L. & B. Anderson

December 17, 2014

“I looked at many log homes built by different contractors. Prices varied and so did quality and workmanship. We decided to go with Brian and his crew. From the planning stages to the finishing touches they have been a pleasure to work with.” – R. & J. Saunders

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