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I've been researching log cabins for a short story I'm writing for a creative course. It's supposed to be set in the late 19th century (1970s) in Alberta, Canada and it must respect historical facts. I've read a few biographies and descriptions of real life adventurers who left Europe for Canada, thus discovering lots of interesting things I can use to give my story a natural feel (eg. those insects called 'sawyers').

Unfortunately, I didn't find anything about how they kept the


Most older log homes were never stained and they used tar and horse hair for the chinking between the logs. Eventually they started using mortar for chinking, and now they make a latex product that will last for years.

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