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Copper Caps Keep Mother Nature At Bay

An owner of a log home on the shores of Puget Sound in Washington State writes in to LogHomes.org with his unique solution to challenges protecting vertical posts on his deck.

The homeowner recently purchased the five-year-old in Port Ludlow, WA, which has 2,234 sq.ft. in total, 1.75 baths and two spacious bedrooms. The home was originally built by a longtime member of the council, Precision Craft Log and Timber Homes.

The proud new homeowner Dan Moreillon was interested in protecting his investment with the best sealants and stains on the market. But when it came to protecting the ends of the vertical posts supporting his deck, he came up with a unique solution.

“The tops of these logs are cut at 18 degrees from the horizontal,” says homeowner Dan Moreillon. “Those top surfaces face the sun and the ocean. In other words, they take a beating.

Dan Moreillon's Port Ludlow log home is on the shores of Puget Sound.

Dan Moreillon’s Port Ludlow log home is on the shores of Puget Sound.

“The bevel and vertical checks in these logs make it difficult to apply heavy duty protective stain as it runs off quite easily,” Morellion says.  “I saw caps for dimensional lumber but nothing for round logs.”

The view from the deck.

The view from the deck.

Dan Moreillon contacted local copper artist Walter Massey, who specializes in copper artwork. “He agreed to make a cap to my specification,” Moreillon says.

The tops of these logs are cut at 18 degrees from the horizontal. Those top surfaces face the sun and the ocean. In other words, they take a beating.

The tops of these logs are cut at 18 degrees from the horizontal. Those top surfaces face the sun and the ocean. In other words, they take a beating.

“I made a model in cardboard of the cap I wanted for the largest of the posts. The diameters of those posts range from 9 3/8″ to 9 1/2″, He was able to reverse engineer my model and turn it into seven copper caps. There was variation in his process as well. But half of caps fit snugly, and the others are tight enough so that they won’t blow off. He charged me $50 each.”

My wife loves the color of the copper patina he used.  Eventually Walter says the copper will oxidize to green.

My wife loves the color of the copper patina he used. Eventually Walter says the copper will oxidize to green.

“Thought you might be interested in my solution, Moreillon says. “My wife loves the color of the copper patina he used. Eventually Walter says the copper will oxidize to green. But this is what I expected in the first place was oxidized/weathered copper.”