Traditional log homes in the great American West often feature highly affordable saddle-notched corner sections. Imagine milling curved, saddle-shaped notches into the top and bottom of the logs in two walls at the corner where they meet, so they stack together neatly, with no visible spaces between the logs. (It’s a bit like the way Lincoln Logs fit together in the building sets many of us played with as kids.) To enhance the Old West look, many homeowners will add white chinking to saddle-notched corner sections.
This type of corner is widely used on logs which are turned round on a machine, such as on a Swedish coped log. It is also used on hand-crafted log homes where the logs are of various diameters.