Hi Bud, ya i thought someone would ask about the paint. You know it is good idea to paint all wood to seal protect it with primer. This stuff in the basement needs it, suffering from high humidity due to water coming into the basement for years, that's why it warped the beams, there was dust all over the place too and painting over it is easier than cleaning and better. When the wood turns grey it is sort of rotting so better to paint it. I did a bit of slop up job true enough, i want to put insulation in there later anyways.
The cord wood house is 9" piece of dried wood cord with held together with concrete or lime, 'stacked' also known as stacked house. A lot of concrete actually about 50% of the wall is concrete, so not much different than brick perhaps better. The stacks are separate with studs, so the stacks stand up by themselves until the big bad wolf comes along.
If you look at the outside of the house the roof and structure look perfectly straight. He built the other houses around me too and are still standing. I don't think much has change since the original structure, but i don't really know for sure. The house feels solid enough. I got it way cheap as it should be for all the work to make it liveable again. The previous owner had a bit of mental defect inheritance if from his father the original builder, 30 years ago and get run down with minor water damage etc.