Differences in Log Furniture Woods

The type of wood used to create log furniture directly affects the character of the piece. Some people love the rustic look of a matching set of log furniture, while other enjoy the versatility of an assortment of woods and fabrics in their rustic decor.

On the LodgeCraft website and in our showrooms, our customers will find an assortment of woods used in the making of our log furniture. Most commonly used are aspen, pine cedar and reclaimed woods. Below we'll take a look at the different types of woods used in making log furniture so you can better decide which is right for creating your rustic or cabin decor.


This fine-textured hardwood is almost white in color when cut, and then turns a light tan with a reddish tinge when exposed to air. Because this wood sands and polishes easily and rarely splits, it's a good choice for furniture making.


Aspen furniture is usually built by hand as it is easy to work with and produces beautiful, original pieces. Aspen is a softer, even-grained hardwood with a light color. It is a strong wood with superior durability.



Cedar is a durable wood that is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, decay and insects. It won't warp or shrink and requires little to no maintenance. If left untreated outdoors, the woods turns a lovely silver-gray.


Pine wood is a creamy white color with a fine grain. Pine logs usually have less knots than cedar, and cedar has just a bit more color here and there.

Frontier Pine


Hickory is a durable, strong, flexible wood that can be bent into different shapes through a steaming process. Once the wood is dry, it is rigid and retains the shape. The bark is often left on when making hickory furniture for an added rustic look.


Reclaimed wood furniture is also referred to as barnwood furniture. This type of furniture is becoming increasingly popular. Reclaimed furniture is made from wood that has been salvaged from old barns and other buildings throughout the U.S. With many of these structures over 100 years old, the weathered wood taken from them has unique characteristics.


Visit the LodgeCraft website to browse log furniture made from these beautiful woods. We're sure you'll find several pieces you'll love just as much as we do!

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