All cracked up

If you lived in a log cabin, one of your chores would be to fix and replace the material between the logs themselves.  If it was a wet year, you’d be doing it a lot maybe every 5-6 months or so overall and then spot fixing it as needed.  This cabin has gone well over 12 months between fixes if it’s been dry.

The material is called chinking or daubing, depending on where you’re from.  In this case, it’s slate rocks, stacked side by side filling the bulk of the void between the logs.  On the inside and outside of the walls, you’d then pack in your daubing – in this case it’s clay with some straw mixed in.  I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that this creates a pretty tight room with very little ventilation.  It would not be uncommon for folks in the south to knock out the daubing in the summer time to increase ventilation throughout the cabin…. but then you get to deal with the bugs too. 😉

all cracked up


~ by Derrick Birdsall on April 18, 2011.

9 Responses to “All cracked up”

  1. I never knew that! Sometimes I think a log cabin would be fun! A strange kind of fun…but fun none the less.

  2. Up in the north country the old timers used to chink with spaghnum moss from the great peat bogs in the area. It was a great form of insulation.

    • making due with what you’ve got! We (as in, modern, 21st century folk) tend to think that those who came before were stupid because they didn’t have computers or any other modern convenience…. fact is, they were pretty dang smart. 😉

  3. I had not heard about that before, either – very interesting!
    And a great photo, too – wonderful textures, sir!

  4. This is not only an interesting history lesson but also a beautiful photograph.

  5. That is so cool, Derrick. I like the shot!


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