The Timber-Framed Cabin Project Continued (Part 9 - Spring/Summer 2009)


We've Got Work To Do (As Usual)

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This page continues the story of the construction of a timberframe cabin in the Sierra Madre Mountains. This particular page covers fall and winter of 2008/2009. You can access the previous pages through the index of my timberframe cabin pages at www.mvr1.com/timberframeing/timberframecabin.html and through the links on the sidebar.

Watching, Waiting, Hoping . . .

The image above is of Battle Lake which you can see from the road over the pass (Battle Highway/Highway 70) once you have gone a bit past the Continental Divide which crosses the highway at the pass. It is obviously from an old post card. The story goes that this is where Thomas Edison invented the carbon filament for lightbulbs, courtesy of a broken bamboo rod. So they say. If the card is to be believed the lake lies on the East side of the Divide, but I'm not so sure. I'll have to consult a map, but it seems to me it must be to the west in the Little Snake River drainage and not in the drainage feeding the North Platte. (I have now consulted a map and I seem to be right that the lake is to the West of the Continental Divide.) Since there isn't too much going on yet to provide me with photos to post, I'm including a link to the Battle Lake on Google earth. We'll see if I can make it work. This is a link to kmz file w link to Battle Lake in Google Earth . If your browser is correctly configured it should take you to Battle Lake in Google Earth.

And this is a photo of Battle Lake as it looked in the Summer of 2006 or so, along with the plaque telling the Edison tale:

In any case, given that there is still 6 feet of snow near the pass (as of May 23 make that 5+ feet as of June 1) and that crews have not yet started clearing the road over the pass, the card, this old photo in a different season, and that link to Google Earth are all I have to show of the area for now. In the meantime we monitor the situation in hopes of a trip to the cabin where we can bring in some supplies without carrying them 6 miles over the snow on foot. There are various resources for that in the links on the sidebar if you wish to do the same.

Meanwhile I Was Working

With nothing else to do but wait at home I used the time to make stuff to haul to the cabin and install when I could. One project involved makng a storm window for the remainng window without one. Since that gets used for ventilation, even in winter, this one is designed to hinge out and fit over the screen. Rather than describe it I'll post another photo or two when I put it in. All of my storm windows are quarter inch thick tempered glass. Apparently many fire codes require tempered windows in areas that are vulnerable because fire can break untempered glass, letting the flames in. The story goes that if this did not happen many homes would be saved. I'm taking no chances so I'm doing it and doing it with thick glass. The photo below is of the newly primed storm window sash.

Another project involves a storage bin that I plan to hang under the loft between the joists. It will swing down and hopefully allow me to store things I need year round access too, without so much clutter in the cabin. This was made of pine with a beadboard bottom and then shellacked. Chances are I'll have a photo of the bin installed later on.

Oh Yeah. As of June 2, the main road is open! Snow is still above 4 feet deep.

Watched Snow Never Melts (Even in June)

So the road was supposed to be open and the plan was to go to the cabin on June 7, haul in some stuff and get to work. As the above photo of Battle Lake on June 9 shows, this was not a very good plan. There was way too much snow on the ground to get anywhere close with the van. Instead we wound up staying with Alfred at his cabin and bringing what we could to his basement. This was harder than it sounded as we could not drive to Alfred's cabin either and there were 8 foot drifts across the road into which we'd sink a bit, but bars spots as well. Still we got most of what we wanted into his basement by making multiple trips back and forth.

Snow Damage

From there I hiked down the rest of the way to check the place out. I'm afraid the snow did some damage. You can see the chimney tilted a bit in the photo above and also that the roofing itself is pulled away at the peak. That should be no major concern. Also visible is damage to the porch railing, presumably from snow that fell from the roof above. That will take a couple of hours to fix, as well as some new wood and perhaps a more rigid method of attachement. The chimney is a bigger deal. As you can see in the photos, the new heavy duty support from last summer was destroyed. You can't see it here, but in addition to breaking the band the snow bent the angle.

It wasn't all bad news. Our creek was running well.

And while I was at the cabin site I did manage to install some newer style LED lights and a mirror above the sink.

The plan had been to burn slash with snow on the ground for fire safety. Unfortunately there was too much snow and more snow, hail and rain fell at hourly intervals. Nothing was going to burn well. I helped Alfred with his plumbing at his place instead, and we headed home early.

Sights on the Way Home

Those are the Sherman Mountains, known for their distinctive worn round shapes. These formations are known as Vedauwoo rock formations. Nearby is a well known tourist attraction, the Tree in the Rock, that was originally along the old Railroad route, which eventually was the route of Lincoln Highway, and then Interstate 80.

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