Hot weather and daughter sports kept me from working on it all summer. Darn.
But this weekend allowed me time to start up again.
Here you can see the third log placed and ready to be notched.
The first notch on most sill logs for some reason is just this simple diagonal sill notch. The next log on top of that will have a matching notch. After the base logs (sill), builders would use either a 'V' notch or some sort of dovetail.
Occasionally a flat notch. or rounded 'saddle' notch on softer woods.
Axe, chisel, chainsaw and hammer were the tools for the day.
On this one you can still see the tag from my numbering system when I first took this old log building down over twenty years ago.
This notch is a 'V' notch, but not in very good shape with the ends damaged.
Look how good the wood is on the inside after being down for over one hundred and fifty years.
On this one you can see the old Adz and axe marks. And my numbering tag.
This longer log at the back will start the next course.
Its purpose in the cabin I took down was one of the two logs supporting the second story floor joists.
Now I have to make sure that stays true after I notch it.
When working on the big house I had an old tractor to help me move the logs around the lot.
Still, sometimes the logs had to be moved into place by hand to places the tractor could not get.
No tractor this time so, . . .with a good hauling rope. . .
Just don't get in the way once they start to move.
Getting them up on the foundation still requires effort and ramps.
I will keep you posted on the project as fall moves along.