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A log cabin is a house built from logs. It is a fairly simple type of log
house. A distinction should be drawn between the traditional meanings of
"log cabin" and "log house." Historically most "log cabins" were a simple
one- or 1½-story structures, somewhat impermanent, and less finished or
less architecturally sophisticated than a proper log house. A "log cabin"
was usually constructed with round rather than hewn, or hand-worked,
logs, and often it was the first generation home building erected quickly
for frontier shelter.
When cabins were built with the intention of applying siding, the logs were
usually hewed on the outside to facilitate the application of the siding.
When logs were hewed on the inside as well, they were often covered
with a variety of materials, ranging from plaster over lath to wallpaper..