Monday, October 31, 2016

Camp River Dubois - Lewis and Clark make a start.

Camp River Dubois is basically where the Lewis and Clark Expedition made it's start.
And since daughters class is discussing Lewis and Clark at the moment and it was not to far away, daughter and I made a pilgrimage there yesterday.

This is an image from the sites web page and shows the 'camp' as it should look.
But with high winds and rot much of the wall is down at the moment and we could not go inside.

And, this is how it looks at the moment.

But the museum is really good and there is lots of other stuff to see.

 This is the entrance to the museum.

 Most of the inside of the museum is dedicated to what it was like to live at Camp Dubois, and what went into putting the expedition together.

They have this replica of the keel boat split right down the middle so people can see how much space was on the boat and how gear was packed.
 Here is a view of the split.

 Another section covered how Camp Dubois was built and how the expedition lived there.

 We then walked around the outside of the reconstructed camp and peeked through the stockade walls.

The builders of the original camp knew that it was just a temporary home and used the easiest materials to work with. Small trees and mud.

All the trees used would have been small enough for one or two men to haul back to the build site.
No horses would have been required.
Built out of mostly cedar the logs would have been very easy to work with.
 Stick and mud fire place.
The inside would have been completely lined with mud.
 A little building outside the wall.
Probably for pigs.
 One of the corner cabins. You can see the walls stretching both directions away from the cabin.
And no door on the outside.

The notching was rough and the ends were not squared off.

The shingles were held down by longer logs and not nails.

The uprights in the stockade wall were held up by wooden pegs.
Looking between the log wall you could see the camps two main cabins.

None of the roofs were gabled.

Minimum doors and windows.
Remember, they just planned on spending one winter here.

 The main headquarters of the camp.
A little nicer windows and a fireplace.
We were disappointed that we could not walk around inside the camp, but still enjoyed what we could see from the outside.

The problem with the reproduction of the camp seems to be in the fact that it was made too authentic.

The original builders would not have been worried about how long it would have lasted, so they built the cabins without any foundations and right on the ground.

And while authentic it does hold up well to conditions in the area. The reason the walls did not hold up is that the wood rotted where they went into the ground, and the wall blew over. Any kind of repair will require a different method if they want it to last.

Also on the grounds was another little cabin representing living conditions in the Wood River area from the late 1700's to the mid 1800's.

 Inside was set up to represent living conditions in an early frontier house.
 While we were disappointed that we couldn't go around the inside of the camp, the museum was very well done and the little cabin was fun to go into.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Interesting site. . . .

Old North Carolina cabins.

Movies with Log Cabins - 'Songcatcher-

Made in 2000, 'Songcatcher' is based on the life of Olive Dame Campbell.
Set in the southern highland mountains of North Carolina, Dr Penleric, a musicologist, who by accident, at least in the film, discovers once thought lost folk songs of English and Scottish heritage and makes it her goal to capture as many as she can.

While the film spends to much time on the effects of same sex love and how it is viewed in such rural areas the story is still rather good and makes one want to know more about the history of the rural song collection covered in the film. Acting by the key performers is good, and some of the singing and music is very good.

While most of the images of log cabins are of the interior or close up views of at least one cabin, you do get a very good sense for what it was like living in those conditions well into the 20th century.

The hardships and beauty of life in rural Appalacia is center in the film

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Montana refuge. . .

 A friend of ours spends his summers out west usually living in a fire tower all summer.

This year after fire watch was over he stayed out west on poacher patrol. And this cabin is where he gets to spend his evenings and nights. It is called the Kishenehn Cabin.

Built in 1919.

 The Kishenehn Ranger Station in Glacier National Park was built in 1919 to replace an earlier station that burned in 1913. Located just three miles south of the Canada–United States border, the log cabin was one of the earliest administrative structures in the park. The cabin was designed in an early version of what became the National Park Service Rustic style.
Love the two stoves he shows.

Also on the site is this log barn.

And it has a log outhouse!

This is apparently his view.

Here is a nice write up about the place.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Adirondack Lean-to project. Got lots done this weekend.

 Great weather for getting lots done this weekend.
First chore, get the last long log up on which will sit the back side roof rafters.

 This log for that last log had originally served the same purpose in its original purpose on the cabin it came from.

Here sliding it up the ramps to get it in place.
 Placed along the back (west) side.
 Here it rests on its notch.
You can also see the fine original notching from its previous life.
 Just a slight bow that will not be a problem.
 Some of the old square nails still in the log. Love the color of the old nails.
 One of the original rafter notches.
 Here I have already placed one more log after the back log and log number two is on its way up the ramps.
 Looking level so far across the two latest logs.

The closer you can keep the irregular logs to level as you go up makes it a lot easier to finish near the top.
 Three so far above the back plate log.
These exposed notches will be cut off as the roof rafters are added.

 Here I have attached a narrow pine strip to help me determine the roof pitch on the back side.

You can also see where the logs will be cut off.

Because the logs are no longer being attached, yet, to other logs at the corners, a little more bracing is required.
 The holes in the ends of the logs indicate that these logs were at one time used around doors or windows.
 The ramp system.
If I were to go many more courses up I would either need longer ramp boards or a mechanical devise to get the logs up higher.

Here you can see the course of logs that are cantilevered out further than the others.
This will allow for a nice over hang on the front.
 Ridge beam although not set, is up in place.
It still needs to go about nine inches higher.
 Not bad for a lot of eye work.
 Cantilevered beam going up.
 Cantilevered beam up and in place.
 Here I have also added a strip on the front side to help envision the pitch of the roof on the front.

While close to where they need to be, the pitch will be slightly greater.
 From the southwest side.
 Eight logs and three beams up today.
Pretty happy with the results.

I think at this point you can start to see what the project will look like in the end.

I have also cut the front logs below the cantilever off level and in line with each other.
A face log will go on the end of those to tie them in and also support the cantilevered logs.
 The cantilevered beam setting on its notch.
End of the day.
View from the northwest.

I think the new building will be a good addition to the place.