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Old 25-09-2014, 07:17 PM
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Default Exterior of log cabin opinions please

Hi everyone

I have DHE garden pavilion which I am itching to turn into a snowy log cabin, but am struggling to come up with something suitable to use for the logs on the exterior.

I think I may have cracked it, and would like opinions and any other idea's you may have for the exterior. I found these, and was hoping to pull apart and cut in half (hopefully only need a roll, not the 12 pack shown in the link lol)

Buy Garden Willow Fence (Case of 12) at Home Bargains

Do you think it will work, or to large/small in scale?

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Old 25-09-2014, 07:54 PM
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It seems a good idea as long as the willow 'log' doesn't split when you are dividing it in half or you cut it squinty. I'd go ahead with it, it's £25 quid and it looks as if one roll should do it
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Old 25-09-2014, 08:01 PM
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Hi welcome to the forum. How tick are they? I would check around and see if you can find them in halves as it will be easier to stick on.

I have covered one of my houses with lolly sticks for my Christmas project.
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Old 25-09-2014, 09:37 PM
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Thanks Jeanette, that was my worry, so some careful cutting would be needed! Their only£1.99 a roll, in our local store and 6ft's worth, so hoping one or two would do it, think I'll take the plunge and have a play, for £2 it'll be worth the experiment.


Hi Reb, if memory serves me correctly, they are about the same diameter as a bamboo cane you would use in the garden, which is another idea I have been toying with. I saw your house this afternoon, it looks fabulous, and an idea I will store away for the future maybe
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Old 26-09-2014, 05:11 PM
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What about twigs!
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Old 26-09-2014, 07:01 PM
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Well in that case Jules, they are cheap enough to play about with and lose some, remember and carve initials and a loveheart under the back window
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Old 26-09-2014, 08:25 PM
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I was collecting twigs for anther project, missupsanddowns and it's surprisingly hard to find matchingish straightish ones.
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Old 26-09-2014, 09:29 PM
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Can you bend twigs?
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Old 26-09-2014, 09:36 PM
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If they were young and you soaked them you probably could?

I must admit the ones I was collecting were old, hard and not flexible because I was concerned about shrinkage or warping but if you saw it as a long term project and planned ahead leaving drying time it would probably work. My project dragged on so long that my carefully collected bits ended up in the neighbours kindling pile. oh well, one less I have to do.

You might have better trees for straight branches too.
My reservation about the bought stuff is the short lengths, but at £2 it isn't a crippling effort.
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Old 28-09-2014, 02:15 PM
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Thanks Miss, I did think about twigs, but as Blue said, its amazing how hard it is to find straight ones, and enough the same diameter.

Went to home bargains, and they've not got the single ones for sale now, as its all Halloween & xmas stock out. So after a hunt about we found a small willow screen that pulls out. The willow is 1ft in length, so ample enough to use one for the whole side (that was also my concern Blue, with the smaller ones) and they are all fairly uniform in diameter.

Looking forward to pulling it apart and having a play now, thanks everyone, I'll let you know if it works and upload some pics if it does.
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