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One thing that intrigued me about this picture is the corner joint, so I enlarged it. Sure enough,it is what I think is called tongue-in-grove. In other words, not made with nails, and not just one log piled on top of another. Very sturdy. I'd say this means this is an old cabin. It's very well put together, and has a shake roof. When it was built, there must have been much larger trees in the area than when the picture was taken. The stone wall in front of the cabin looks much sturdier than to the side; I suppose to serve partly as a foundation for the cabin on the steep hillside. There must be quite a view from the porch. Still, I wouldn't want to live in this tiny house.
Yes, the builder was quite the craftsperson.The style of corner joints might be called dove tail.As you mention, they do lock the corner together.Looks like the logs were actually milled down to a fairly uniform thickness, maybe six inches, rather than left full-round. You have to wonder when it was built!