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    in old houses (we got to gut an 1840's farmhouse that was slated for destruction and salvage the wood for restoration).  Dealing with slave labor--it seems mostly that materials were expensive but labor was cheap.  In a middle class farmhouse, we found each joist hand shaved to lay floorboards so they wouldn't squeak, and evidence of other laborious hand-fitting of relatively inexpensive materials.  Here, though, with a kiln on site (in our front field--we have a rough idea where it was) and two water-powered sawmills on the property, as well as a whole mountain of yellow pine and all the clay and sand one could want, lack of either materials or labor doesn't appear to have been the problem.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:32:16 AM PST

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