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Construction - Baker Cabin
Built from hand-hewn squared Douglas Fir logs, the Cabin is an unusual example of Log Cabin construction.

The following photographs give you a tour of construction details.

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Timbers were cross-stacked with only the top and bottom corners being mortised together with one large wooden peg installed. The chinking used is horse tail hairs soaked in linseed oil and wedged into the cracks. As a testament to the strength of construction, the stacked logs suffered no ill effects from the Mt. Angel Earthquake.

Cedar shake roofing was used when the cabin was built instead of the more common sawn shingle roofing as seen on homes in Oregon City. The oldest photos we have show the shakes, undoubtedly hand-split. Examples of hand split shakes can be seen on the well-shed roof and the storage shed roof. Those shakes were hand split from cedar shake bolts donated from Cedar cut from the Carver area.

The Cabin was recently re-roofed using manufactured and treated cedar shakes because there was no source available for such a large quantity of hand-split material, nor could we get quality, old-growth, shake bolts. A detail photo of the inside of the roof shows the pole rafters. It also shows that no tarpaper was used under the shakes. Without the tarpaper the shakes dry out faster and last much longer than would be normal for a sealed roof.

A Matching Funds Grant by the Oregon Cultural Trust provided 50% of the funds needed for re-roofing the Cabin in 2002. (See the Links Page for information on the Trust).

The chimney is made of rocks from the quarry. It has been rebuilt several times since 1856.
Rocks from the quarry also form the foundation.


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