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Drawing 1: Log corner notching systems.
[Drawing 1] with link to higher quality drawing.

Photo 1: Detail of northeast corner, Jacob and Herman Mahala Homestead, Long Valley, Idaho. [Photo 1] with link to higher quality photo.
(Alice Koskella, 1980)

Photo 1a: Exterior wall detail, Gust Laituri Homestead, Long Valley, Idaho. [Photo 1a] with link to higher quality photo.
(Alice Koskella, 1980)

Questions for Drawing 1, Photo 1, & Photo 1a

1. Examine Drawing 1 and Photo 1. What type of notching is displayed in the photo?

2. Why was the system of notching so important?

3. Photo 1a shows a hewn-log partition that has been notched into the exterior wall and then cut flush with the outside timbers. Considering that the notching is not a corner system, what purpose do you think this serves inside the log cabin? Do you think this helps the cabin structurally? Why or why not?

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