Good post CaribooAu, and nice contributions… I too would much prefer to have been born in the middle 1800’s era. Albeit more demanding in some ways, but by far, the more wholesome and earthy period of mankind.
The hewed logs and dovetail-corner construction are definitely from the early German pioneers. You see many of them back in Ontario (100 to 200 years old), and still in good shape, with many folks still living in them. To prep the logs, they’d line them much like chalk-lining, saw slices to that depth, then hew them (slice and chip away) manually with an adz (slicing between the feet as one positioned over them). The earlier cabins were then chinked with moss, and before the day-and-age of the saw-mill, the roof comprised of sods laid over pole rafters. No matter the age or construction, the old log cabins and homes bear an incomparable charm and allure.
I know this is a cabin post, of which I am going to contribute to, but I’d just like to add a foot-note for thought. Many of the early miners used to hide their gold stashes, which generally somewhere in the cabin or beneath the floor, in a deep hole. Look for such a trap area in the old floor boards, check around the old fireplaces, and other hiding spots. Some did bury their little hoards outside, but definitely within full view when inside. Many a prospector perished, never more to return for the buried booty. On this note, Happy Hunting.
I am an old “cabin photographer” from way back but the majority of such is in hardcopy from the film-days of picture taking, so they’d have to be firstly scanned (when time permits). But here’s a couple to start off with. Both of these are rather young - - from the Depression Years of the Hungry 30’s. One of which I will render in another view under another post I plan to start - - “Changing Landscape.”
Keep the “cabins” coming gals and guys…. lets make CaribooAu’s post a mega one.