Monday, December 18, 2017
I used common lumber because I don't have the tools to use on oak or something nice like that.
But I think it turned out pretty well.
Used the same tongue and groove I used on the outside walls.
Still have lots of it from when I bought a truck load from a lumber yard closing down.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
I will let you know what I think of it when I am done.
Monday, December 4, 2017
But I see it has been awhile since I did an update on the project.
All four sides are sided now.
The siding on the back has been trimmed off level.
Will probably replace them with something wood at a later date, but they will work for now.
A little more light on nice days and a lot more fun.
Still have trim to do around the door and windows.
Friday, December 1, 2017
But in his youth, in 1930, Sevareid and friend Walter Port travelled 2,250 miles from Minneapolis Minn. to York Factory on the Hudson Bay.
The trip took four months.
With no radio, motor or good maps the boys roughed bad weather, rapids and tough conditions to complete their journey as winter neared.
One of the books considered a classic in its area of appeal.
Monday, November 27, 2017
When we were driving up to wife's family farm a couple of weeks ago we spotted this cabin starting to go up. On that trip the roof was not on yet.
As we pulled in we noticed someone sitting in a truck on the site.
I always like it when the owner is about.
The owner, Randy, was more than happy to give us the story of the cabin.
He apparently didn't get to enjoy it for too long for he died in 1835.
Randy says the tombstone was inside the cabin.
He has some Amish boys doing much of the work for him.
A few logs had to be replaced, but they have done a great job matching and fitting them.
He also used barnwood on the ceiling which really gives it atmosphere on the inside.
Looking forward to the progress over the next few months.
As you can see here, I got all the roof done and shingles on.
Had to work around two trees, but that's what makes it a treehouse after all.
Both trees are boxed in like this one.
A view from the top of my world that day.
Same day I got the big window in also.
We still have to shoot a line across the bottom and trim them off, but we were pretty happy we got so much done.
Looks good with the little window.
Here working on porch rails before we got back at it on the west wall.
You can see the roof notch around the tree on this side also.
More higher math with the tree and rafters to work around.
Just the front to side and make a door.
But daughter is not waiting for those to play in it.
Friday, November 17, 2017
This one is called Johnny Jackson's cabin.
Look at the size of those logs.
5 or 6 to make a wall. Wow!
This one is called slave' house.
It is pretty big. Nice chimney.
Maybe more than one family.
Most of the chinking is gone. Some metal tin covering some of the logs.
Could have been the land owners home, then passed down if the land owners moved into a bigger house.
They ranch from good urban parks to nice country or rural parks.
Tower Park has been around now for about ten years, and this old brick home is one of the cornerstones of this rural park.
Once called 'The Pink Plantation' after going into disrepair it was moved and rebuilt.
So today I was able to go by.
This is how you first see them as you leave the parking lot.
It has been reconstructed as a smoke house, which may have been its original purpose.
The tags are still on the logs and the newly cut ends are still brown and not gray.
Very few of the logs have gray ends, so there has been a lot of replacements.
The only problem I can see with the project is that for some reason the chinking has already started to crack.
That either means it got really cold when it was drying or that there is not good support between the logs behind the chinking.
In this one you can see how bad it is cracking.
The foundation is very well done.
It is a very nice two story.
On both buildings, although perhaps maybe how they were at one time, the lack of over hang on the side, front or back means the logs will be exposed to lots of rain and water run off, which could damage the logs very quickly.
There are a couple of reasons for this having to do with flue gases and draft.
There is a math formula if you ever want to check it out.
Again, the foundation is very well done.
I hope to some day get to go inside these two.
This time with the summer kitchen.
Thanks St. Charles.