Just a QUICKIE look at the construction progress at the cabin during the building season of '99.

A year or so ago we came upon some nicely milled cedar boards, sawn locally from a large blow-down. There were some holes, some rough spots and some missing edges here and there, but there seemed to be enough to fill the eave spaces under the roof peaks of the cabin. So we purchased the lumber and have been pleased to store that pleasant smelling material in our basement for over a year.

But the time had come to spend some constructive time out there on-site at the cabin, actually using those building materials.

First a scaffold had to be built which could support the ladder needed to reach up to the roof peak from the sloping ground alongside the cabin side. Note the 12-foot long 2x4s used as the supporting legs. Kind of a wobbly set-up.

The photo actually shows the rebuild of that scaffold, for it had already been used one time on the other side of the cabin, then torn-down, nails removed, and the wood used again to construct the same scaffolding on the shown side.

(By the way, that 1st construct was the more solid one. Somehow by the time the pieces were reassembled for the 2nd time, the structure sloped downward more and didn't seem as stable.)

(Oh well, it's all firewood now!)

So how did the eaves come out? Well the cedar was placed vertically and it gives the cabin a rather rustic (barn-like) look.

(This cabin needed a more rustic look??)

This view shows the end with the stained glass windows. The cedar is not complete yet, but the two sloping sides have been filled in. And by the next day, the straight pieces above and below the windows were placed to complete this end.

The other side of the cabin is shown complete.

Yes, there is a new little horizontal (chain-saw installed) window just below that eave.

During that construction session, the clouds were omni-present. It rained every day. It rained several times every day. And not only did that hamper the nail pounding, it also hampered any effort at providing photos to document the wet work.

And then a flash of inspiration. With all this water, we ought to go CANOEING!

And so a couple of days later, a bunch of old folks met down at the river (the Hiwassee) and ALL were using those antique Blue Hole Canoes!

The long daylight hours for construction are drawing to an end for 1999.
The cabin is about ready to meet a new millennium.

But if and when we do some more building out there, you will get to see it!

.... to be continued .....

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