The year 2009 was one that the world stepped back to try to get its "house" in order. It has and is a "new experience" for many. Credit and investment markets had run on speculation and are now finding themselves without enough equity to stay afloat. Government spending will take generations to recapture; and any job is of value. The world is yet smaller; and there will be another 2 billion people (30% more) to feed and care for.... in just 40 short years.
In 2009, Real Log homes with their sister company, Timberpeg Post and Beam, did some reorganizing and combined the administrations and production under one roof in West Lebanon New Hampshire. A new model will be constructed utilizing both the timber frame and log materials.
"May you live in exciting times", would pretty well capture 2010. We were all glued to the drama of the Chilean miners finding their way back to family and a future, truly a miracle. The economy, while very difficult for many, did provide opportunity for others as the stock market rebounded and banks rest their practices. Politics had many sounding boards and yet the need to find common ground is the largest challenge to move policy ahead.
Curt and Patti James began dreaming of a log home 20 years ago; then last year, their daughter was married at Garrett Chapel on the Bluff just below Penn Yan. The family celebration at "A Beautiful Place" log home rental overlooking Keuka Lake.
Ed Schoen has been building homes since 1976 and writing about them since 1997.