The One Log House is the heartwood of a 2,100+ year-old redwood, hollowed out by hand, and fashioned into a tiny home; complete with all the amenities. Although the timeline for this tree starts before the birth of Christ, its modern timeline starts with its cutting in 1946. The log for the One Log House was cut down by Art Schmock and his son. At that time, the tree was on property owned by Georgia Pacific Co. of Eureka. This particular log was cut, rolled onto a trailer, and metal straps were welded around it for support. It was then transported to Eureka where it was hollowed out by hand, using tools such as drills, chisels, wedges and foot adzes. The log itself is 32 feet long, 10-11 feet in diameter and has an interior height slightly over 6 feet. The living area is divided into kitchen, bathroom, living and bedroom areas. In the 8-month process of hollowing the log, enough wood chips were produced to build a traditional 5-bedroom home.
The One-Log House has traveled to and stayed at various places in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties since 1946. Open since 1999, One Log House Cafe & Giftshop sits near Richardson Grove State Park on Hwy 101, serving fresh sandwiches, ice cream sundaes and organic, locally roasted coffee and snacks. Visitors can tour inside the One Log House itself, enjoy the gift shop and cafe, and even grab some legendary Humboldt cannabis at the 21+ dispensary.
Outdoor picnicking areas, air-conditioned tables, and dog runs are on site. Antique logging photos and local art are on display. Souvenir penny smashing machine, local crafts and wild-foraged items, Bigfoot, and Cannabis Americana make this a stop that has something for everyone.
EV chargers coming in 2020. Handicap accessible. Open daily, year-round.
705 US HWY 101, Garberville (google map)
(On Hwy 101, nine miles south of Garberville by Richardson Grove)
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