It’s quite a contrast. There’s significant time invested in doing this, but the end result makes it worth while.
This old growth poplar continues to surprise me with its resiliency. The faults I find and fix are man made. Drilling holes for insulation causing splits. Maintenance failure leading to gaps in caulk and resulting in wood rot. Rot issues around down spouts due to further maintenance failure. Split boards due to thousands of nail holes from the past vinyl installation.
Yet the wood still comes back strong. It’s inspiring. Homes like mine, and many in New Albany, can absorb decades of neglect and abuse and still be salvaged.