This is in mid-May, 2002. Helene finishes painting the floor preparatory to putting up the walls.
Here's the floor, all clean and ready for us to tromp all over.
Raw logs that will form the pillars.
Some of the essential equipment for the job. The adze at the bottom is for trimming and shaping the logs. The .303 is to make sure the bears allow you to do the job. Mostly the bears in the area are just curious. We have had to shoot one in the almost 30 years we have been there but occasionally, you have to scare one off.
Back to the adze. This is me shaping a pillar.
This is my cousin, Neil Duff, limbing one of the pillars.
Once the pillar was cleaned up, my brother Don took an auger and drilled a hole in the bottom. Then we put a length of 1" steel pipe in the hole. This would act as a kind of peg to hold the pole in place on the floor.
Here Don drills a corresponding hole in the floor to drop the pegged log into.
The pillars laid out on the floor ready to erect. We used both white spruce and lodge pole pine. The pine was about twice the weight of the spruce, even though both had been dried for a couple of years.
Here's the first pillar being dropped into the peg hole. I had this whole block and tackle rigged worked out for hoisting the pillars into place. It turned out we could do this one with just two of us lifting and one getting the peg in the hole.
Whew! The first pillar is up and braced in place.
Once we had two pillars, we tied the tops together with 2 x 10 planks lag bolted into the pillars.
One wall done.
This is my cousin Dave Duff who had his arm in a cast. He did such useful things as tighten bolts and keep the beer cold.
Almost completed.
There. The pillar frame is up. This ended up being kind of a bastardized timber frame. I had seen this technique used with smaller open structures and liked the feel of it.
I decided to frame in between the walls in sections since the logs are no where near straight. I thought it would be easier to adapt the framing to the uneven openings this way. It was a mistake but I didn't know that until much later.
While two guys were framing the lower walls. Two of us laid out a truss on the floor to create a jig or template for the rest of the trusses.
The lower walls almost finished.
This is the last section of wall. You can see how the sides aren't straight and the cripple studs are not evenly spaced. This became a big headache when it came time to sheet and even worse when we decided to insulate.
Well, it's done. This is the northwest corner.
There we stand. Pillars up and lower walls framed.
Rob Ingram, Neil Duff, Bill Duff and Don Ingram. Carpenters not.
This is mid-September with the sheeting in well underway.I spent most of the summer framing the upper walls and building trusses. Oddly, I don't have any pictures of that. Next - The Roof.