I had electric service installed in my log cabin (permitted and approved). The well pump and several basic circuits are already operational. I now need to run branch circuits from the breaker panel (which is close to the main beam in the basement) for service in the basement, first floor and the loft. Romex was installed in the logs for the loft and the wall switches on the first floor. I would prefer to run the branch wiring along the beam instead of running through all the joists. I would then run each cable along the appropriate joist for each service point.
Could I use a raceway instead of stapling each cable to the main wood beam?
If you want to see this cable then it sounds fine. I would personally find a way to do it so the cable is not visible.
If the cable is installed where it would be subject to physical damage, that would be a violation in itself.
I would think hard on this. Think before you do anything.