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Here the roof is half finished while Randy entertains me with a fiddle tune as I nail down the tin. Edward and Randy were two of my best hunting and trapping friends who almost always showed up for the weekend to help me out. I got the tin for my roof from my grandmother who let me have it for cleaning up an old barn.

From these pictures I guess that it would be hard for me to convince you that they actually helped me on the cabin!

Finally the roof is on and I'm moved in. I figured that the cabin cost me about $200.00 including chainsaw gas, paint, hardware, etc... not bad for a complete home. If you hate mortgage payments then just remember it's your choice! And besides, I've never found a brick house that came even close to the fun and satisfaction of living in my own hand built log cabin!

This picture is important for two reasons... the wood stove and the flat slate rock stacked behind it. With my roof now attached I started to make the inside liveable. I made a friend some rustic dining room chairs as a barter for this fine wood stove made from an old electric water heater. I collected the flat slate rock for my floor which I dutifully spent the next 5 weeks cementing into place. The next picture shows the results...

Like any good pioneer cabin this is the front door of the cabin, and the only door! The height of the doorway is also shorter than standard construction because I custom built it for me. Although my head would just perfectly clear the top, some taller visitors would always bump their heads. Also note the completed slate rock floor.

And the completed mantle! You can see where I had to do some repair work on the fireplace rock from the lighter colored mortar. I cut the mantle piece from a huge red cedar tree that blew down in a wind storm only ten feet from the cabin. Over the fireplace are moose antlers which I brought back from Alaska.

Here's a close-up of the mantle for my nosy visitors...Oh, let's see, a jar of matches, a kerosene lantern, a few pictures, a berry picking bucket, a wine bottle, my animal skull and tracks collection.

I placed my woodstove directly in the center of the cabin for perfect warming power.

Not exactly the style of Buckingham Palace, but here's my fancy chandalier!! Simply made with dog chain, tin tuna cans, candles, and a couple of pine limbs! I only lighted this baby for special occasions which were usually on every weekend!

I built my table/desk from some very old pitch pine boards that I found in the barn where I got the tin for the roof. I also had enough boards for a front door and a big bookcase.

Here's my mother in the kitchen corner of the cabin.

That's me cooking on the propane stove. No electricity so a gas stove was a luxury!

Join me on Page 3 preparing for winter, chopping wood, putting in a sky light, and building rustic furniture!

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