Step 1: Cut a Large Log in Half, Long Ways
this log weight about 500lbs, had to use my truck pull it out and then a tractor for lifting.
Step 2: Smooth Out the Surface
I used a hand planer and belt sander to smooth out the top.
Step 3: Burn the Design
Draw your pattern and then burn it with a wood burning pen, this log is oak and it took a long time to burn it, probably about 3.5-4 hrs.
Step 4: Seal the Log
use an outdoor grade wood sealer to protect it from the weather.