Monday, May 1, 2017

A new old cabin and a local Barnwood Builder. . . .

 On my way home from our kayak clinic I drove through the little town of Caledonia, Mo.
Lots of neat old stuff in town, and some very historical places. Always a fun drive.

On my previous drives I most have been looking right all the time.
This time I looked left and spotted this little cabin.
 The sign on the front of the cabin says, "Bismarck's First Jail".
Bismarck is a small town about three miles from Caledonia.
So, at some point in time it must have been moved.

The logs are small, so it would have been fairly easy to move.
 While the restoration looks like it was done with care, whenever it had last been done, some signs of the times are starting to show.

 As you can see here, the roof is not kept in very good shape.
Missing shingles will allow for top log rot and the cabin will start to collapse.

You can see the 'jail' bars in the windows.
With the rood like this, it would not be hard to escape.
Makes me think of Mayberry where the jail was used mostly for the town drunk.
 Another problem with the rebuild is that it was rebuilt with the base logs on the ground. This means the logs will always stay wet.
While that may be the way it was orginally, these logs will eventually rot and the cabin will start to lean.

It looks like it was well loved when first moved, but now is in need of some new love.
 As I was headed north out of town I spotted this structure and had to turn around and go back and take a look.
 I pulled over and started to check it out. A young man went and got the guy responsible for the work and we had a good visit.

Dan Burns and a buddy build small log buildings for people. I get the impression he would pretty well build just about any size you would want.
This one was the only one he had up when I went by, but there were signs of log work going on all around the place.
This size building would make a great 'man cave', room addition, hunting or weekend cabin or a guest cabin on your property.
One thing cool about a build like this is you could add doors and windows where ever you wanted to meet your needs.
The logs are well done, with very tight notches. The ends of the logs could be cut even to really finish of the place.

If you are interested you can get a hold of Dan at;

Dan Burns Consturction
17143 S.State Hwy 21
Potosi, Mo 63664


I hope he sends me some photos of some of his other cabins.

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