Got a little ahead of myself with the discription of events and their corresponding with the photographs so I will play a little catch-up.
Mid October was the start of the chinking. As the other post reveiled I only have that remaining 18' of log chinking to finish the exterior. I have not added the actual time that it took to do the exterior but hope to when the weather is such that I can't do anything else. But what ever it is I will have the same amount of time involved in the interior.
Took a break from the chinking to stone the exterior top of the fireplace chimney. I know it seems like I just jump around from one phase to the other but there is a method to my madness. The reasoning behind doing the front is that once the porch is on it would be harder to build the necessary scaffolding to lay the rock. As it stands now I only have about 10' to bridge from the house roof edge to the work platform at the chimney(roof jacks and 2X6). From the scaffolding I bridged the distance with 2X8(true) then using 2X8's three wide gave me enough room to cut the stone, store the mortar mix and etc.. Another reason I didn't complete the entire chimney was that I only had enough scaffolding to do one side at a time. The entire thing I would have needed 3 times that amount as well as additional 2X material for two more platforms. This will wait until spring.
I also poured the porch footings(5) and laid the 16" flu block for piers on the porch. A ledger will work on the house side. The porch is stepped in from each end 4' for a total of 32' long and a depth of 8'. The porch roof will be a 3:12 pitch with a 6" elevation drop from the main cabin roof which will start just under the cabin overhang.
The porch piers were parged with left over chink mortar mix at the end of the day if any was left over. These will be stoned with the same stone as the chimney. This also will wait until spring. One of the photographs show the porch supports among the scaffolding.
I am hoping that I can at least get the deck/porch floor built. It is doubtful that I will be able to finish with the porch roof as I will need to pu four 8" locust post and peel and place them as supports for the porch.
Maybe a warm snap will come through the area and I can get more done than I anticipate. Last year I was able to work off/on up until Jan 19th.