David Lottes from who is building the House of Fallen Timbers just sent me his August update. Here is what he has to say about it:
Since the last update I finished the walls and stacked the purlins, gables and ridgepole. I’ve had a couple of nice weekends weather wise and it’s a good thing. Stacking the purlins was a monumental job. I wanted to be sure and use good strong logs to support the roof but I don’t have the know how to contrive a device for lifing so it was all elbow grease.
Now to finish trimming up the gables and securing the salvaged sheet metal, then I can see if my found bags of concrete are still in usable condition for chinking.
A friend of mine loaned me a copy of The Foxfire Book with a chapter on building log cabins and it confirmed my theory that sealing up the gaps in the walls with small scrap logs is a traditional time tested method. It even shows an example of a cabin that used concrete for chinking so that made me feel much better about my plan. Hopefully the September update will show a sealed up cabin with a finished roof!