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You can’t really see our house project from space but you can see it from Big Bald Road.
A few days ago a friend stopped by the shop to visit, and during the course of the visit mentioned he was driving down Big Bald Road recently and saw something he was not used to seeing had emerged through the denuded trees. White Tyvek is not a very subtle color in a forest that’s lost its leaves so we are hoping the cabin will blend in a little better when it get it’s terra-cotta colored roof and grey board and batten siding.
For 35 years our cabin couldn’t be seen from the road we live on, much less Big Bald Road, so we are having to come to grips with its new visibility.
I was glad Gene stopped to report our home appeared from the forest because the view gives a bit of perspective on the project and how it relates to the shop. The reddish brown roof seen in the lower front of the cabin is the shop. A stack of metal the same color as the shop roof was delivered on the lot yesterday so hopefully soon there will be a finished roof protecting everything.
Photo was taken about a mile away from our home and at 400′ in elevation above it with a 200 mm lens.
I dipped and hung out to dry the last four bundles of shingles we had ordered to allow our workman to finish the master bedroom end of the cabin. There is about 10 square feet of shingles needed to cover a couple of spots on the other sided of the house with shingles but the weather has gotten so iffy that we closed the shingle laundry for the winter. I’ll have to apply the last of the cedar shingles next spring.
Our contractor is covering the exposed Tyvek with grey board and battens currently. My shop porch intrudes into the left side of the photograph.
Why pay skilled labor to do mindless work when I can do it for free? Here is a photo of me ripping the batten strips for the siding. Two hours later I had a big pile of battens that needed their edges stained. Instructions on the Woodscapes stain can warned not to apply below 35 degrees, which is what the thermometer read as I applied the stain.
It’s nice having an over-the-blade dust collection system on my table saw. At the end of this ripping experience there was almost no dust on the saw or shop floor.
The front door stops, weather stripping, threshold and temporary glass have been installed.
Shop Tip: If you need to close your E. L. Fudge shop cookies bag to keep them fresh, use a small spring clamp. I think this has been the best use of these clamps (that’s cramps if you are a Brit reading this blog) since I purchased them.
About once a week through the course of the summer I have taken a pickup load of building debris to the landfill, a 20 mile drive through the mountains past this mailbox. Even though I know it is there I usually smile when I pass Airmail road and see this mailbox sticking about 20′ in the air. I’m guessing some old geezer lives here who put the mailbox up back in the day when there was an airmail rate. Later, when the 911 system was being installed and all rural driveways had to be given a street name, Airmail seemed to be a pretty good name for the street.
Wednesday morning I woke up with a dusting of snow on the ground and the mercury stuck at 15 degrees. While the sun was shining, I was glad to have indoor shop work to take care of. A door jamb needed to be built so I can get the front door, laying finished on my […]
It is late fall here in the mountains. At 4,300′ elevation, most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and temperatures drop below freezing almost every night. Some days the weather has gone from sunshine to rain to sleet and back to sunshine within an hour’s time span. Facing our first hard freeze last […]
Last week I spent the day with our stone mason and his crew moving an antique limestone chimney we purchased back in the spring. The crew is made up of brothers, cousins, uncles and other odd relations too complicated for me to understand. They are excellent stone masons, work hard lifting heavy stones to the […]
Just as the town of Newcastle was known as the source of coal in Victorian England, North Carolina is recognized as the origin of much of the US’s hardwood lumber. So why did Susan and I leave North Carolina and drive to Sunshine State of Florida to pick up a 14,000 lb load of lumber […]
The upper level of our remodeled cabin will be covered with sawn cedar shingles. True to mine and Susan’s refusal to work from great heights form (and also refusal to pay for someone to do it for us) we have started staining the shingles before they are installed. We are using Woodscapes by Sherwin-Williams semi-opaque […]
I feel like a genius on Mondays and sometimes the feeling lasts all the way through Tuesday. But then the crossword puzzle clues get more difficult and by the end of the week I know my place. On weekends I’m not even tempted to look at the New York Times puzzle. So when I’m able […]
When my father-in-law built the shop 35 years ago he made a pair of double doors in the front as the only means of entry. During the remodel three years ago I added entry doors on each side porch and now only use the double doors when I am cutting extra long boards or for […]
About thirty years ago I was laying on the floor of our living room playing with our infant daughter. When I looked at the underside of the keyboard of our old upright piano I noticed the piano’s frame was made from wormy chestnut lumber, covered with a quartersawn oak veneer. About that same time we […]