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.

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