Morgan House
Grau General Contracting, LLC
The First Hermitage Kitchen and Farmhouse
We are now in the finish phase of restoring The First Hermitage Kitchen and Farmhouse.  
These photos show the daubing being installed over the wooden chinking blocks.  The
daubing mixture consists of hydraulic lime, sand, hog and horse hair (that serves as a
binder) and clay soil obtained from the Hermitage property.  A small amount of water is
added to the mix to make the daubing the right consistency to apply over the wood
chinking.
We have now completed the installation of the wood shingle roofs.  The brown burlap you see hanging over
the exterior logs is moistened with water to keep the daubing mixture being installed from drying out too
quickly.  If it dries too quickly, it can cause cracking and shrinkage.