Some of you might be familiar with "Mountain Genius" crew from WV. They work with Winterwoods homes and disassemble and restore a ton of old historic hewn log homes. Great video. We love our front…Continue
"That is really interesting, I have read about sawdust mortar floors/lower decks in wooden ships but never the caulk...they must have used linseed oil in the mortar to form a type of durable flexible caulk over the oakum."
"I make my own.
I take some 5/4 or 6/4 stock and rabbit or center channel it out.
I then made my own "plaques" out of live edge slab pieces, that are the same thickness as the electrical boxes. I can run these "old…"
"I made my own from acrylic elastomeric I got on huge clearance at the building supply store, dolomite, and sand.
I mixed 1 part sand to 2 parts dolomite, added a bit of water until crumbly. I then added some of the elastomeric (tinted to a…"
"Totally awesome, including the offset chimney!
The color variation on the brick work is well worth preserving!
Love the live edge boarding, hewn collar beams etc.
It is really to bad you can't do a built up roof and leave the entire roof…"
"Wow...nice logs, and great restoration project.
At first I thought maybe it was a lime paint (which dates back centuries), but the first pic looks different. Are the chips flexible or pliable, or does it powder a bit?
Although I think…"
"Chances are its just a white or lime wash. Lead paint is a more recent thing (unless they lathed and plastered during the early part of the 1900's over it). Paint was expensive anyway back then (1700's), so people with little…"
"I just use a 4 1/2" angle grinder. Its smaller, but a lot easier to use for extended periods (the heavier grinders are hard on fatigue after a time) then some of the heavier grinders. I bought a ryobi, for $39 at HD, came with a 2…"
"I would go with a more lime based historic daubing / chinking recipe if they are wide like that.
If there was no reinforcement behind the chinking, this is probably why you are losing sections of material.
Most of the traditional style daubers…"
Hey Shanny, Long time no text. I tried to retrieve your post but, it said it was deleted. I can see by your page that you have been quite busy. Delmarva weather has finally gotten cold and we have dodged three major storms. Looks like folks are getting into building mode and life is good. Take care, Jim and Pam Harbin
Thanks for your comment. We've actually featured two of George's projects in the past year -- "Rustic Rambler" in Cozy Cabins 2010 and "How the West Was Done" in December 2010. The latter is currently featured on our web site, countrysbestcabins.com, if you'd like to take a look. We'll definitely keep an eye out, though, for possible projects in the future.