In 1982, my older brother Joe, purchased a log cabin (originally built in 1867) from the granddaughter of the original builder, Simon Bale. He disassembled the cabin made from large hand-hewn red oak logs ranging 18 to 20 feet long. Joe numbered each log prior to being moved 25 miles to his property near Mammoth Cave, Ky. There he carefully prepared the 115-year-old logs and began reassembling them on a stone foundation set on concrete. He had to replace a few damaged logs by cutting replacements and using the antique "broad ax" to hew and flatten the sides of the log.