Here we see (above and below) the original wall
being cleaned of its whitewash and chinking. The wood pieces are put between the
logs to offer insulation and to hold the chinking or plaster. In the photo below
we see the more modern method of putting metal screen to hold the chinking. The
wood pieces are sometimes replaced with modern insulation. The lower photo shows
the section near the electric box where some wiring will be run between the logs
before the new chinking is applied.
The photo above shows the roof of the house above the second floor as it sits on the top log. Because this is an old log house with many years of neglect, it was necessary to support the walls from bowing out and ultimately collapsing. The photo to the right is looking straight up at the peak of the roof. As in a number of old houses, the roof beams were not tied well to keep the downward pressure from spreading the walls. Since the rafters are strong, they have been tied to the wall logs with heavy steel angles and bolts. This keeps the weight of the roof (and all the snow that gathers on it) from forcing the walls outward. Also shown is the foam board insulation (blue) and the covering board that will be the final ceiling.