1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Love how you’ve exposed all of the layers here. Are these oak boards here as well? AND, they appear to be in mint condition (Hip, hip hooray!: )

    • Lynda says:

      No, these are pine tongue and groove. You can see a picture that explains T&G here: http://southwestbuildingsupply.com/Content/Images/Wood/tongue-groove.png they are in amazing condition and I believe they were added in the 1920s to close off the cabin logs when they added the, then, kitchen. I only found one spot (so far) that was damaged, and it was powder post beetle damage. We are working on mitigation for these little pests, but sadly, it will never be a 100% kill. 😦 But, they take an AGE to do any real damage. We will treat these walls with borate. In home use we know this as Borax. Toxicological study summary is here, but it is gross: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0041008X72900373 (Apparently, if we don’t eat it in the thousands of PPM we are OK.) 😛 I will be writing a post on these little beasties in the future.

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Yup, a borax and icing sugar mixture is useful for stopping ants from coming inside… It kills the colony when they take it back and share the love…
        Tongue and groove is one of the favourite wood “finishes” in my life (flooring, cabinetry, log wall “cladding”; )
        I can’t see enough in the frame here, but it possible that this was a door at one point?

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Sorry for the million and one questions here; ) but just reread your description and trying to get some idea of perspective… So, by “close off the cabin logs” do you mean that this was an end wall/corner of the original building? So, how long (from one side to the other) are these t&g boards? Like, was this the actual thickness of the original log walls? If that’s the case, well holy now, were they ever big ole logs then, eh?!

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Sorry, I just reread this one and what I meant to ask you was, “Is it possible that, where those tongue and groove boards are (in this photo), was a doorway at one time?”

    • Lynda says:

      Nope. The original cabin doorway is the opening you see to the right of the T&G planks, and the cabin’s logs are running the same direction as the T&G.

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