Texas Log Buildings: A Folk Architecture

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University of Texas Press, 1982 - Architecture - 240 pages
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Once too numerous to attract attention, the log buildings of Texas now stand out for their rustic beauty. This book preserves a record of the log houses, stores, inns, churches, schools, jails, and barns that have already become all too few in the Texas countryside. Terry Jordan explores the use of log buildings among several different Texas cultural groups and traces their construction techniques from their European and eastern American origins.

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Well, he's done a great job assembling this information. I was reading the preview on google books, though, and noticed he referred to carpenters who hew with a broad-axe as "amateurs". That mystified me. Carpenters, tie-hackers, and countless other axe-men preferred a broad-axe to the adz simply because of size. A man can shave off a lot more wood with an 11-inch axe-blade than he can with an adz half that size. I've worked with both tools, and once I picked up a broad-axe, the only reason I ever went back to the adz was for very small logs or shaving down a stubborn knot.  

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The late Terry G. Jordan held the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas in the geography department at the University of Texas at Austin.

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