would be perfectly satisfactory to the building inspector of today.
We would have had no fire stops to insist on, as there was no chimney, and the frame was not the ‘balloon construction’ of later times.
Its timbers probably grew on Medford
stumps, most likely of oak of goodly size, and hauled to the site by teams of oxen.
Then the axemen put in their work, squaring the logs, hewing to a line with mathematical precision, and making the chips fly merrily.
Next the framers had a hand in the work, making great mortises, gains and tenons.
Splices there were no need of, and probably there were none, as no timber was over thirty feet in length.
The tools they used were clumsy and uncouth compared with those of mechanics of today, but the men knew how to handle them, and accomplished their work.
Those were days when buildings sprang not up in a night like the gourd of Jonah.
Not only the timber of the frame, but the boards that ‘covered and inclosed it,’ were made from the logs at the building's site, and in this we may find a reason for the ‘liberty’ the inhabitants had in the matter of ‘meterials,’ and also of the ‘time and menes.’
The ‘currant mony of N. E.’
was not so plenty or so current as that of today, and doubtless some men whose names do not appear in that first subscription list had trees growing on their farms that made good timber or boards, shingles or clapboards, laths or ‘lower flore.’
Some other Medford
men could handle the whip-saw, and they had their opportunity.
Somewhere on the slope of the hill was made a saw-pit of stone and timber, and on this the great pine logs and smaller oak timbers were placed one at a time.
One man above on the log and another below in the pit worked the saw up and down, down and up, till board after board and the smaller joists of oak were made in sufficient quantities.
Great boulders that any Medford
farmer was glad to have out of his pasture formed the foundation walls.
No cellar was needed, for their was no furnace or steam heater,