|Our Mixing Process|
To prepare our walls to take the chinking mixture, we first had to drive nails between our logs to give the mixture something to adhere to. This was extremely time consuming. After this I started chinking the inside. When I finished an inside wall we then filled the other side with strips of insulation and then added more nails. The chinking then covered the nails and completed the wall.
|Nails are in and chinking has started.|
The tools that I found to work the best were unconventional, but hey, they did the job well!
|A spoon was my tool of choice.|
Yes, I used a spoon! It worked the best to gently pack the chinking between logs and smooth it out for a clean uniform look.
|Chinking mixture ready to be placed.|
Monotonous does not even begin to describe this chore. I worked at this inside the cabin most days all summer long. A friend suggested I hold a ladies "chinking party" to help finish up the work. I hate asking for help, but this was becoming unbearable by myself. I was overwhelmed! So, I sent out some invitations.....
|Chinking Party invitations.|
My mom and I provided the food and some sweet ladies forfeited their Saturday for a day of hard work. My mom, my sister, my aunt Bonnie, my cousin Elisa, and my friends Penny, and Patty showed up to learn the chinking process. My dad joined us to mix our chinking, and after work Patty's husband, Chuck stopped by and helped out too! The progress we made was amazing! Everyone pitched in and was quick to learn. I am so thankful for their help which was such an encouragement as I saw some of the walls reach near completion!
|Insulation and nails complete on outside wall. Ready for chinking.|
|Driving nails after insulation has been added for chinking to adhere to.|
|Adding chinking over the nails and insulation.|
|Strips of insulation hang ready to be stuffed into cracks.|
|A completed wall with chinking left out for window placement.|