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{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
One of the people in our world today who is responsible for holding onto these old buildings is Alan Sligh,
who lives up by Columbus, Georgia,
and as a young man he's been, he's taken on his responsibility of helping people restore,
or move, or put back together or save and preserve uh traditional forms of houses.
Uh Alan, how did you happen to get into this, uh, form of work and how do you feel about it?
{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Uh, well I got interested in it about 5 years ago and went to a log building school
in, uh, Washington State that taught the rigging and techniques of old style log buildings.
{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
And what do you, how do you make your living today? How do you carry this on?
{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Uh, I'm uh what they call a timber framer, which is working with uh
logs and wooden structures similar to this.
{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
Could you describe for these folks, just a few minutes, kind of a typical job, uh,
if somebody says if I have an old log building, I'd like to have you uh move and retro-fit for modern living?
Is that sort of what you get to do?
{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Uh yeah.
The uh, the dog-trot house started as a log structure and uh,
the South about 1828, when the, the uh Indians went on the Tears of Trail
they started building these houses and they built uh
one section first and then add the dog-trot in another room later on.
And uh, the uh, uh, like I say, some of them were one-story and some of them were a story and a half,
but the older ones were about the same size as this house.
{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
Uh, it seems to me that I remember uh, talking a little about the height of the floor off the ground.
The distance between the uh, the sills and the ground is about what, like 20 inches or so, or 18?
{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Yeah, well, the standard, the standard, is 18 inches.
{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
And why is that? Why is--
{SPEAKER name="Alan Sligh"}
Well they believe that a termite couldn't climb but 18 inches.
{SPEAKER name="Mr. Moore"}
Couldn't climb but 18 inches, that keeps them down [laughter],
and of course you'll have the summer hot weather effect of the breeze coming under the house and keeping the house cool.
We've talked a lot about dog-trot houses in summer and how efficient they are in hot weather and humid weather,
but the problem in the winter is something else.
Davney [Dabney Crosby], I'm gonna call you back for just a little bit to tell that wonderful story about your wife,
uh, and her experience with uh cool weather on your honeymoon. You want to tell me about that?
{SPEAKER name="Davney"}[Dabney Crosby]
Uh very well Mr. Moore, uh, that's an experience in my life I'll never forget.
I lived in a, this was not a typical dog-trot house, but it had a shed room on it, which uh
you can see the framework if you'll check the house on the uh far corner over your left shoulder, what we called a shed room.
Okay, this thing uh didn't have an over-head ceiling, you had exposed, uh, beams with just a metal roof on top of this
and it was real cold back there and it happened to be that we had a real cold winter
that uh, was extremely cold for our part of the country, and uh not having any central heat uh,
within this house, uh I went and got my wife and uh, well of course,
first she chased me around there for a year or two there, then finally she caught me.
I chased her rather, and finally she caught me, so I just took her home with me there temporarily
and lived with my parents 'til we could kind of get out on our own.
But she was uh, she was a little better off financially than I was and she lived in a better house,
and she wasn't used to living like I was in the type of house I was living in.
Uh, the flooring in the room uh, I guess it had cracks about this wide in it. You could look underneath
and see the ground, you know if uh in the daytime you could look through.
So anyway, we stayed out a couple of nights on our honeymoon
and when we returned home uh to bring her into my home there, it happened to be about 18 to 20 degrees,
so the temperature that night on the outside, and it, I think it was about 12 on the inside of the house.
It was usually colder on the inside, I think, it was on the outside seeming to be.
Since we did not have central heat, we did not have electricity, we didn't have electric blankets,
so hey we've gotta keep warm see, and uh I said well, uh this being our honeymoon and all that shouldn't be any problem.
So uh, mother was looking after us real closely, she put uh 4 quilts, these patch-work quilts I'm sure most of you have seen.
Mrs. Coffee over there is familiar with those.
Uh, some of them are pretty thick there, maybe about an inch thick. Uh, I said well surely that'll keep us warm tonight, you know.
And about 15 minutes I hollered for my mother and she brought in 3 more and put on top of us.
So we wound up with 7 quilts on our first night in our home uh to attempt to keep warm and we kept warm
but the next morning, when we waked up, my wife, she yelled for help!
"What am I gonna...". I say, "What's in the world is wrong with you, girl?"
She says, "I can't get out of bed!"
I say, "Well, what's the problem, you know? You're not helpless or something."
She said, "I've laid under all this cover, under all this weight, until I cannot move anymore. I just need some help."
So, naturally, I proceeded to take the cover off and get her limbered up and get her out of bed to where she could get on with her daily duties.

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