A diary of the projects, hurdles, rewards and family life at we recorded at Wise Acres, our former homestead in Horsefly, BC. (Careers and teenagers have forced us back into the city, at least for a little while.)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Cabin - Part 11: Chinking the outside

At this point I've been working in the cabin for about six months, and during the summer I haven't had to worry about heat retention.

Now, as it's cooler, I've been feeling the heat escape more quickly than desired, and I finally got around to chinking the outside to help stop it.

Here's my first attempt, on two rows on the far side of the cabin...

I wasn't that happy with it. Inside, it had been less of an issue because I used a spatula to spread the chink, and then sanded the excess afterwards.

On the outside, sanding wasn't an option because the logs weren't planed smooth. Also, I had stained the cabin a few weeks ago in preparation for the easier cleanup after chinking.

So I invited out good neighbor and friend Florian to finish for me. He's got a far better hand for this kind of detail work.

The final result, a few days later, is far more impressive thank to him.

I now just have to trim the outside windows, and if I have time, skirt around the bottom.

The stain does look good though.

Location:Horsefly, BC