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Dovetails and Broadaxes: Hands–on Log Cabin Preservation

Cathy Bickenheuser and Kathleen Snodgrass

Updated Historic Preservation

Overview

Dovetails and Broadaxes: Hands–on Log Cabin Preservation is a practical guide for preserving historic log cabins. It explains the history and styles of log cabins, condition and historic assessments, preservation requirements, project planning, and safety.

This guide contains a thorough explanation of hands-on aspects of log cabin preservation, such as:

  • Jacking and cribbing
  • Log repair and replacement
  • Log notching
  • Terminology
  • Chinking and daubing

Repairs to foundations, roofs, windows, doors, chimneys, and interiors also are covered, as are annual maintenance needs and appropriate tools.

What You’ll Find

A full version [PDF] of the book is available.

Citation

Bickenheuser, Cathy; Snodgrass, Kathleen. Dovetails and Broadaxes: Hands–on Log Cabin Preservation. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 2015.

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