A neighbor had a large dowelling machine that they had just made.We asked them to make the round logs for this cabin. The logs were grooved out on one side and stacked one on the other. Then very long bolts were run from the top of the wall to the bottom. A nut on the end of each bolt made it possible for us to later tighten the log walls as it dried.
The chimney and windows were put in after we set it at it’s intended site. We were in a huge hurry to get it moved. We had sold our former place and needed somewhere to live, but also it had started raining. Where we were going there was only a new dirt road into the property.We weren’t sure that we would be able to get in and get it off if it got too wet!
It was a nerve-racking and exciting moving adventure. We had it built on a solid metal skid so we could just back under it. When we arrived at our destination there were piling already in place. We just back in between them, put blocks under the edges of the cabin and drove away. Hubby barely got the truck out from under it as it had become slick as snot already.
There was cupboards to put in. We coated the walls with linseed oil on the inside and Sikkens Stain on the outside. After that I had the gruelling job of chinking with a Log House Chinking that comes in a pail and is so messy! I got smarter later on and got a proper application gun for it that helped when I did our current log home.
It was cozy and warm right through the winter. I was snug as a bug in a rug.
We brought water from town in a tank in the back of our truck, put a sump pump in it with a hose leading through the doorway. The shiny insulated tank you see on the counter top near the door is the container we filled with the water. On the bottom was the hose with a tap so that I could run water to the sink oor elsewhere. Under the bottom of the sink was a 5 gallon bucket that the grey sink water ran into too. Then I ran it outside to dump it. That was my ‘running’ water.
It obvious now that we think outside of the box, huh?!