Within 24 hours, havoc was wreaked on the interior of the Ell, starting from the west end (the "far" end) and working toward the kitchen. This exposed the main framing - which contained a number of 'interesting' twists, turns and dead-end chimneys. I had not expected that the bones of this house would be plumb, square and in pristine original condition. I was not disappointed.

Mostly spruce, but also poplar, hemlock and a little pine, the hand-hewn structural elements were holding their own against the vagaries of time and modifications.

Destruction - West Destruction in the West

Destruction - East Destruction in the East

Beam Split Historical wanton structural destruction - note the sawn-off post, the mid portion of which was slid left to accommodate the addition of the window (!)