After two sides were completed, the log was turned 180 and the process was repeated until all 4 sides were level and square.Anyone interested in learning more about hewing, can visit John Aubins website to read his blog post about how to hew a log.
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Prior to the Industrial Revolution, when lumber mills and nails became widely available, large wooden structures in America were knit together by the joinery of hand hewn timber frames. Its first home could have been a barn in New Hampshire that was built by early English settlers or one of the first land grant homesteads on the Kentucky frontier.
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This line was used as a guide to help square and level eventual timber.
Sometimes trees were felled during the fall but were not used for a building project until the following spring.
The log was placed on two smaller, notched logs to elevate it off the ground.
The craftsman located and measured what would eventually be the timber within the log and marked along the length of the log with a chalk line or string.
When this happened, the side that was in contact with the ground often softened secondary to the prolonged contact with moisture.
Therefore when the log was hewed, the softer side would end up having a smoother, more uniform surface than the three other sides of the log that were not against the ground.
Trees that were tall, straight, and dimensionally large were generally most desirable for construction, especially when building large structures like barns.