CABIN PHOTOS-PAGE TWO!
|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!|
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