Nice set of instructions for building a log cabin in the woods. From info on when is the best time to fell the trees and how to stack them for proper drying to avoid splitting and cracking. How long to dry them and they let you know to remove all of the bark before you build with them as the bark is home to many many pests.
Mungo Says Bah shares this article from Popular Mechanics and says he has dreamed of building his own cabin in the woods for many years. Ever since he watched and burned a DVD documentary about Richard Proenneke, who built his own cabin in the wilderness Alaska.
It seems he left a 50 hour per week job in Iowa and went to live in nature untouched by man, alone he built his cabin and lived there for years. He passed away in 2003 but his cabin remains there today. This is what the National Park Services says about him and the cabin.
“Now the centerpiece of a National Register Historic Site, Richard Proenneke built his cabin from 1967 – 1968.
Richard Proenneke’s cabin was neither the first nor the largest ever built in the Alaskan Bush. However, it stands out for two reasons:
* his remarkable craftsmanship in building it
* the fact that he filmed the entire construction process
He built the cabin using only hand tools. For many of these, he brought in steel parts and made the handles with local wood. When tools broke, he chose to repair them, rather than to buy new replacements.” Pretty amazing for one person to do all alone in the wilderness. Him memoire was written by Sam Keith, called One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, it looks to be a really great book. This from the info “Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a moving account of the day-to-day explorations and activities Dick carried out alone….alone in the wilderness…and the constant chain of nature’s events that kept him company.”
So for anyone interested in building a cabin in the woods check out the instructions on Mungo’s page and if you would rather read or watch Mr. Proenneke’s adventures from your house click the blue links for the dvd or book and enjoy.
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