To build a cabin, part 2

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

To build a cabin, part 2

Between stints in the woods, we come back to the farm to get clean and refill water and food supplies. A gathering of folks for Halloween on Monday night gave me an excuse to test my pumpkin carving skills which were then loaded with homemade tallow candles (from homegrown sheep) and hung from tripods of homegrown wood. So it wasn't surprising that the homegrown cat was at home on the homegrown pumpkin to reach in through the sculpted decoration, extinguish the candle and then, when trying to get inside, she toppled the pumpkin and it smashed on the ground! The cats enjoyed the candle and the goats enjoyed the pumpkin flesh. After a late night around the fire and with miserable weather the following day, we opted to sit inside and shell (homegrown) beans for hours. So we made a late start to the woods.

We returned to the caravan of mice where the surfaces still appeared to be free of any mouse expeditions up to the plateau - the mice do not follow the "leave no trace" wilderness exploration motto. Maybe the bay tree sprigs we left all over the countertops did the trick. The vanguard appeared to have swept the battlefield clear, so we followed up with the main infantry (dogs) and chemical warfare (peppermint essential oil). We've stayed there for three nights this week and have not heard a peep or squeak. Maybe death traps won't be brought in.

Our goal for this week was to install the last half of the uprights. Each upright is more than 50cm into the ground and it takes between two and three hours to dig the hole to depth, position the upright beam, and slowly tamp/ram the earth in. 

In preparation for the next batch of work, I made some workshop items. 

We needed a saw horse to hold the logs for cutting. But to make that out of a forked bit and a straight bit of wood...



I needed a shave bench. But to make a shave bench from a split sweet chestnut log... 



 I needed a mallet to chisel the bench.

 So the first thing I made was a mallet. We already had a chopping block. 

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alex on

Two to three hours per post? You need a fencing spike - 45 mins tops. Great to see you're doing everything exactly as it should be done. A+++

lifeinbrian on

Hey Alex. We do have a fencing spike - not as big as yours though!!

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