…and more logs.

I am so glad I had so much experience with Lincoln Logs as a kid. And enjoyed working with them. Because we are still in log-ville over here! But we had a super-productive weekend despite a kind of crappy week politically. I’ll save that diatribe for Facebook, though. Here’s Bisbee’s take:


I picked up a set of fencepost cedar logs on Monday, just as the sun was going down, after leaving a desperate voicemail at the farm where they advertise logs but take a while to call back to set up time to pick them up. My voice must have conveyed the urgency (I could only get out of work before dark on one day this week!), and I made it with my $20 ($2 a log!) and loaded up.

Friday was a holiday, and I spent it peeling logs, and sanding them. Luckily the weather held all weekend in the 40s and even into 50-degree territory today, so we were able to keep moving forward.


Saturday we finished prepping, peeling, sanding, and slightly reshaping our 16′ log for the handrail. So we woke up today with everything prepped and were ready to build our final railing (we’ve had just temporary stuff until now).

It went really quickly, so there aren’t many photos in progress, but here’s the final thing!


Since we finished before lunch, we had time to use the scrap ends to finish up the very center triangle on our garage gable end. I think doing the gable end in logs to match the house might be one of the best improvements we’ve made – the garage really goes perfectly with the house now.


And then, we took another quick hour to install a window in the cellar. No photos (it’s not that exciting), but closing up a six square foot hole definitely improves our chances for a racoon-free winter.

Logs and more logs

So we needed more logs. Another weekend morning road trip out to the guy who is clearing a field of cedars…


And we had a log pile again! The logs we acquired needed to go along the front cellar wall, since we are into November and start imagining piles of snow drifting around and into everything that’s not buttoned down. Having the bottom half log-covered makes a huge difference in the facade of the cabin. All will hopefully get stained this week during the last couple of warm days. And we still have to rebuild the door, which might be a job for spring?


Note the cool log design in the gable end of our cabin. We planned to grind off the red paint and stain it up this summer, but it will have to wait for next year. However, we decided to re-create the log pattern in the gable end of the new carport/garage, so that the garage looks like it was born here, with the cabin, not newly built. And so we’ve been chipping away at filling in that seemingly small triangle, which actually meant making 40 small logs all work together. It looks great, and really ties the two buildings together. We are nearly done with log work, which is actually a bit of a bummer, since we’ve grown quite fond of (and good at) working with them.