Special thanks to homeowner Ira Perman for putting together this photo journal with commentary for us.
Restoring the logs on this 60-year old house was a challenging job. There were countless layers of varnish and stain that had to be blasted off with glass media to get down to clean wood. Then the logs were hand sanded – twice – to make them smooth to the touch. Some wood rot was encountered; logs had to be repaired and sculpted in place to match the other logs – a remarkable process. Two coats of stain were followed by two applications of clear coat.
Owners Ira Perman and Virginia Rusch and their neighbors loved watching the meticulous work and daily progress through rain, wind or beautiful sunshine. “They never stopped. It’s obvious Manfred Nolywaika and his son Noah take great pride in their beautiful work. Log restoration is a demanding and satisfying craft. They are true craftsmen. It’s been a treasured experience to watch them work. And the result is breathtaking.”