A notable Lemko you may know is the artist Andy Warhol.
This Lemko log house has been lovingly restored by the Płociennik
family who have lived there since 1990. The home has its own well
and his heated using log fires. The family collect lots of fruits
and mushrooms from the surrounding forest.
vernacular architecture in the Lemko Region were most often made
of split, half-round fir logs. The round side of the split logs
formed the exterior, the flat side the interior walls. At the
corners the timbers were fitted by overlapping using a fish-tail
joint. On the exterior the timbers were rubbed with burnt clay
mixed with water or linseed oil was used to protect the timbers.
The rounded logs were filled in or packed along the whole length
with moss and clay. This mortar was then whitewashed so that the
resulting horizontal stripes stood out vividly against the dark
background of the logs. The roofs were thatched with straw, and
the houses usually had two sloping surfaces. The living space was
quite spacious, in contrast to the entrance doors which were
usually very low and narrow.