Cribs

It’s not too often that I come across log outbuildings…cribs, granaries, spring houses, whatever.    Whether building with sticks proved much easier, cheaper, and less time-consuming than log, or whether log outbuildings proved to be less accommodating to a settler’s needs over time, there just aren’t many around.

Pictures 1-4 are of a spectacular crib located in Highland Township in far northeastern Winneshiek County.  It was built with white pine timbers and the corners are locked with dovetail joints.  The rafters are draw knifed poles.  Pictures 5 and 6 are of a structure in Hanover Township in northwest Allamakee County.  It too is a fantastic building.  The white pine timbers were skillfully joined at the corners with dovetail notching resulting in minimal log spacing.

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