Sunday, August 21, 2011

All I want for Christmas is a Cabin !

With work getting in the way of fun John and I have had little opportunity to get back at the cabin.  Both John and I have been staring at the pictures and envisioning the cabin's completion for weeks now.  We made such amazing progress the last time out that we were super eager to travel back into the peaceful sanctum of the bush and get cutting lumber and hammering nails.

With the junior instructors in tow I made the slow and peaceful drive off the main road and back along the bush road to the spot.  It's amazing how along that short 5 minute drive that all of the world's worries and the days stresses slowly disappear with each passing red pine.

Much to my surprise John had lumber unloaded and the old skill saw just a humming away.  It turns out that John couldn't sleep a wink thinking of the progress that laid ahead of him and his cabin in the bush.  So as the clock turned 0600 hrs John rolled through Tim Horton's and with caffeine in hand rushed out to the cabin.

With youthful exuberance John and I worked away and rested only long enough to take it all in. 

Enjoy the pictures.
The roof trusses starting to go up.


Instructor John lining up the trusses.


Instructor John securing the last truss.
The heavy work is almost over !

They're DONE !

A view from the top.

Jr. Instructor Justin and Jr. Instructor Luke
keeping the cabin clean.

Instructor John making progress on the board and batten.

The boys taking a break for a photo op.

Hard to see but the 8x8 posts for the front
porch are up.
With a ton of progress made we couldn't be more excited about the next step - THE TIN.  Hopefully by next week the tin will go up on the roof and the walls will be closed in with the board and batten.

Until next time - keep surviving.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Excitement Continues !

With the summer time being a busy time at work for both John and I our opportunities to get together and make progress on the cabin have been few and far between.  However today John and I got to it in a big way today.

With wood ready to be cut, nails ready to be hammered, power tools in hand and an undeniable excitement John and I set out to make this pile of wood into a cabin.

After some rather humorous generator malfunctions John began cutting the rough lumber into the lengths that would soon shape the walls of the Beyond the Fire School of Survival Cabin.

Pictures are so much better than typing all night long so enjoy.  Feel free to post comments.  We always love hearing from you folks.


Instructor John framing the first wall.

First wall in place !
 From left: Jr. Instructor Luke (Shelter Expert),
 Jr. Instructor Justin (Fire Expert), and Instructor John.
Two walls in place and Instructor John framing # 3 !
Wall # 3 being secured in place.
The excitement is overwhelming!!!

Jr. Instructor Justin earning his keep and loving every
minute of it.

Throughout this process with have been extremely lucky to have Instructor John's father nearby.  As a true old timer and farmer, he has always had an eye for the finer things and has also never seen an antique he didn't like!  While searching through his amazing collection of antique items Instructor John came across a large item covered by a dusty tarp.  Intrigued John pulled the tarp and called me immediately to show me what he had discovered.  To both our amazement John had uncovered an amazing Renfrew Company Cook stove.  As old as they come and in amazing condition.  This piece of history is in such good shape that we could start a fire in it right now and boil a pot of water.

Our excitement led to the begging and eventually permission to drag that beautiful work of art out to the cabin to be used as the heat source and cooking implement.

We could not have been more excited.  This cook stove weighs in at probably close to 800 lbs.  So I wasn't able to throw it on my shoulders and run it out there.  This is the point where the large construction backhoe comes into play. 

Ready for transport.
Thankfully we did not put up the front wall!
There she is ! I can't wait to fire her up. 
You have to see her to appreciate her beauty.
So hopefully with the nice weather and the busy summer months coming to a close Instructor John and I will have the front wall and roof on very soon.

As always we will share our experiences and pictures with you.