Editor's Note: The following is the final article
in a series of three. Part 1 can be found in Volume
1, Issue 3; part 2 can be found in Volume 1, Issue 4.
Is the devil in the details? With true evangelistic
conviction, I say, "Yes!" Completing the finishing
touches on any building eats up an inordinate amount
of time and my log workshop was certainly no exception.
Although the basic structure of the building was raised
in a few months, years slipped by as I filled the space
between the logs, completed electrical work, built stairs,
interior walls, support columns and finished trim work.
Looking back now, I see that ignorance was truly bliss.
After I spent the summer raising the building, fall
loomed and the space between the logs had to be chinked
before the winter winds blew. In log homes of the past,
the hollow space was first packed with wood and stones
before the mortar-like mixture of sand, lime, cement
and water filled the gap. Today, wire lath is nailed
across the space between the logs and two layers of
chinking are troweled onto the lath. The initial scratch
coat is left rough so that a second, thinner coat of
chinking can be laid over top to produce a smooth finish.