Wednesday, May 4, 2016

At least he had his music. . . . I hope.

I was going to post this on my logblog page (and I still may)(and I did), but there is so much more to this photo than just an old log cabin.
I think poverty was the first word that came to mind.
From a log cabin point of view the cabin is just a dismal representation of a home.
I have visited and taken photos of better built barns and sheds than this mans poor home.

I am of course assuming a lot here.
I am assuming this is his home. I think I am right, but we will never know for sure.

No shoes.
It looks like he may have an injury on his left foot.
Logs are holding down the roofing shingles.
There is a door. And a window, although no glass.
Boards over the gaps between the logs.

But what is also incredible here is the home made violin(?). All of it made from a block of rough cut wood. His bow is a bent twig! A bent twig.

Like I said, I am assuming a lot here. Maybe it is a chicken coop or shed or small out building, but I don't get that feeling.
I hope who ever he his he one day found a place to really pursue his love of music.

So, over the next few days I am going to post some pictures of old slave dwellings.
I took a cabin down many years ago that I was told was a slave cabin. It was in somewhat better shape than this mans.

Ft Zumwalt update. . . .

Drove by to check on the progress of this almost finished rebuild of the old fort in OFallon, Mo.

 Spring is coming along nicely by the old fort.
 As we can see, work is about done on the reconstruction. They even have the insdie furnished for the most part.
Windows and doors are period and look great.
 Nice stone work on the chimney.

















Here is how it looked way back when.
And here is the same view today.
 Looking up from down the hill.
 The south side.


They have even put in a small herb garden.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The French have a style all their own.. . .

 A reproduction of one of the first churches west of the Mississippi.
Original built in 1791 and called St Charles Borromeo.

The building style is very French.

The wood shingles on the top are done the way they would have been depending on the prevailing wind.







This style of log building can still be found in
St. Genevieve Mo.



Monday, April 11, 2016

New project update. . .. !

Saturday was a day for working on the new project. Cool morning, great rest of the day.

 Uncovered all the old logs in the bone pile.

Made a stray cat that had been living in the pile homeless.
As always, the one you want is at the bottom.
So I had to move a lot of others before I found the ones I wanted to start with.












After being under cover for about twenty years this one hundred and forty year old log is ready to be used again.



















One end up.
They sure seemed lighter 26 years ago when I first met this set of logs.
Of course I was 26 years younger and had been doing this kind of thing for a while.

Each log is about 18 feet long, and probably some where between 300 and 400 pounds.









Yes! In place. Will just need to add a thin rock on the center pier.



























 As you can see here, the logs are a little long for this project.
The ends will be cut off, which is kind of sad because on these first two logs I will lose those beautiful notches.

Now it's time to see how good of a mason I am and how level my supporting piers are.

Drum roll.





Bubble is right on.
Not bad for a 61 year old builder with a bad eye and achy joints.

Log number two required much the same effort, but like everything, the first one takes longer because you have to work out the plan.













Now time to see how level I have it the other direction.




Ah, look at that! Bubble is right on.
Maybe I should stop while I'm ahead?













 Here they are side by side.
You can still see the axe and adz marks on the logs.
And right in the center of the right hand log you can see a notch that was made for some reason.

Also, this is a good view of the 'V' notches on this end of the log.

These logs will be cut to the length I need for this project and will get new notches.
This old log will be used later in the project but shows some nice notching on the end.

Square nails are all over all these logs!











 And the wild flowers are all over the place.
 And the dogwoods are just about ready to explode.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Movies with Log Cabins in them - Richard Proenneke and 'Alone in the Wilderness'

In 1968 Dick Proenneke would start his almost thirty year odyssey of living alone in the Alaskan wilds.
For much of his time up there he record his adventure on film.
It is a wonderful film put together years letter from Dick's footage by Bob Swerer Productions.

I have seen the first film and am looking forward to the second one.

Richard working on his cabin.














Winter in his cabin.

The National Park Service maintains the cabin and visitors can discover it for themselves.

Interior shot 

















This photo is by Joseph Classen. His site and work is linked below.
This site has some wonderful photo's of Dicks cabin and area.