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Hand-Hewn Pine Timbers in Striking North Carolina Residence

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Nothing adds more rustic character to a structure than hand-hewn wood beams, and this incredible mountain residence in North Carolina by Hearthstone Homes and Scaly Mountain Builders is a dazzling example. The Jackson Family Home was built for a couple from Palm Beach, Florida who wanted a warm and welcoming getaway in the mountains that reflects the ambiance of its surroundings.

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Located on a lake at the headwaters of a river, the Jackson Family Home features lots of glass to look out onto the natural setting, with the main view framed with hammer-beam timber frame trusses made of Eastern White Pine. These beams are the most notable feature in a home that is full of visually stimulating elements, including a stone fireplace and dark-stained floors.

The timbers were hewn with a foot adze, which is a traditional tool used for smoothing or carving rough-cut wood. This axe-like tool strips off pieces of wood for a relatively smooth finish that retains the traditional look of hand-finished timbers. The result, especially in this case, is ideally suited to the centuries-long history of Eastern White Pine in America.

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The Jackson Family Home is a great representation of how rustic and contemporary elements can be blended in interiors for a traditional look that fits the modern family’s lifestyle. The architectural details of the hand-hewn beams are an ideal complement to the whitewashed wood plank walls, which are also made of Eastern White Pine. See more photos at


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