That’s right. With a capital P
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A big hemlock tree fell on this cabin. In Aug 2014 we took it on as Project Cabin.
Someone else’s attempt to hold the walls in.
First step: Clear out the inside and brace the inside of the cabin
Found a lot of…mirrors. Weird. Because you want a lot of large panes of glass with you in the forest??!
Also found this delightful ‘food’ item
The metal roof needed to be unscrewed. There are many layers to this roof.
View of the cabin from the west side
Roof removal part 2. Saws-all is a handy tool.
Here’s the drill. See, I’m helping!
Surely that’s 2/3 of the roof off, at least
From the inside main floor
Need to remove the windows. Amazing they survived the tree impact.
Hooray, the roof is almost off!
Real roof off! Tarp roof on!
Let’s take a moment to look around at the ground flora
Cool…and apparently poisonous?
Dog visitor! He lives at a neighbouring cabin, and then just chills out.
Taking all that nasty pink insulation out…insulation/mouse nests…
Garbage carrying party! Thank you, friends. Total removed was over a 1/2 ton.
Apparently the previous cabin person(s) were HOARDERS. Note the rollerblades. Not a forest item, typically.
Twisted tree! Yellow cedar.
Double spider webs alllll the wayyyy across.
Three walls down! Going to keep the front area as storage for now.
Tent-Cabin! Trying to keep some stuff dry in the rainforest.
Time to burn some of that broken wood. Bonfire!
Smoke among the sunbeams
arts n crafts in the forest
Bonfire part 2, with all-day rain.
Gazing into a bed of glowing coals.
Now that the deconstruction is done, start at the foundation: Checking out the existing posts to determine which ones are weak.
Hmm…this post needs replacing.
Hoar frost comes. Won’t be able to do much work once the ground freezes.
Gotta get ready for the winter – snow is heavy and we want to protect the existing base
Ready (as can be) for the winter
Snow! Normally, there is way more. This is Snow Lite. Haha, get it? And the 7 Stumps?
Winter is over! It’s 2015. Now to dig new post holes. Going to increase the # of posts along the sides. The basic thing to know is that posts are vertical supports and beams are horizontal.
Dogs are good at digging holes.
Purple bugs! They were there on this decaying stump one week, gone the next.
Deconstructed down to the floor now, and a helicoptor dropped wood for building walls etc in neat little packages
Whoops, forgot to get the heli to bring floor joists. How to transport 16′ 2×8 boards? Why, with canoe wheels of course! This weighed probably 200 lbs or so.
This is way easier with four people instead of two. Just sayin.
Curly cool curlicue
How to replace a post – jack up the house! did you know Chicago jacked up the whole buildings and streets in mid 1800s.
beneath the post is a stump. cutting the top less good part to get to the good stuff
down to solid yellow cedar
new post of yellow cedar
someone’s auntie made this. possibly the most awesome hat ever. ‘Old Style’ beer can crochet cap.
laying out and notching for the floor joists
mmm coffee break in the forest
June 2015 – using a tirfor to pull a 1000 lb log through the forest
progress is slow but sure!
Double tongue and groove red cedar for walls
Walls start going up.
and up! windows and doors have been decided.
Finn keeps us company, especially for a trip to the lake for a swim
beautiful wood. the cabin air is thick with cedar oils
time to lift a really big log…to be the centre beam
And lifted! 8 guys cribbed it up til it sat on the walls
the view south from the porch
step back a little…
And with that, we are starting to build above the walls
tent cabin is looking closer to future finished cabin
Notched joists…the ceiling of the porch and floor of the loft
ready cut…future posts for the purlins (remember, posts=vertical, beams=horizontal. Purlins are beams.) Hey, it was all new to me.
all this cutting of yellow cedar makes a big fluffy mess
the first post for the ridge beam goes up atop the wall
secured, in an offset bolted kind of way
middle post for ridge beam, a nice rough yellow cedar log
looking in from the back door
all three posts are up!
ridge beam now in place atop those three posts. The ridge beam is actually in 4 pieces.
drillin for the boltin
This spot is nice for nice forest filtered sunbeams
next, installing the posts for the perlins (which are like the sub ridge beams)
all the major bones of the cabin are now complete. This feels like a moment!
Feb 2016: no work here during the winter
not much snow this year
March visit – Spring, snow and sunbeams!
fast forward to June – time to take the tarps off and get working!
Ready to start putting roof boards on
Dowels to further secure the two parts of the ridge beam and purlins together
See what I mean?
site and vantage point (240 degrees) carefully chosen for outhouse
First you dig through the loam, then you are into the hardpan…fingers crossed we don’t hit a giant boulder
Then you use a pickax to remove the hardpan…keep diggin!
Weeks later…I haven’t been in awhile but others have been busy!
Roof boards are on, with holes left for future 6 skylights
Up on the scaffold…feels a bit like walking the plank
the front upper windows
Roof has been papered, now the metal roof goes on
Oh it’s so exciting!
Metal roof is almost completely on!
See the skylights!
View from the west
The outhouse hole has filled up prematurely. Thanks, rain.
Time to carry the cast iron stove in…
Is time to call on some friends for help
And share food together…in weird and wonderful ways
Mountain mascot plays ‘keep petting me’
getting the stove pipe connected
ta da! stove is installed.
Taking a break from construction work