Vol. IX, No. 2, 1996

Last Look

In the central Missouri Ozarks, 1937. This shack of logs contrasts with the careful, refined log construction of many traditional builders. The round logs would deteriorate quickly in the weather: the corners were scarcely notched: the clinking appears no more than mud: the execution of the whole building was crude. The builder was either ignorant of log building technique or was unable to practice it. The second and third growth timber available by the 1930's lacked the density of the old growth heartwood.
Photograph courtesy Mark Twain National Forest, Rolla, Missouri.

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