Monday, September 26
Monday morning meeting shiny happy people standing round. All parties are well pleased with the progress made.
Eric White, crew leader
Tuesday, September 27
Four in the morning sharpening tools for another day at Skinner Cabin.
[A lot took place on Tuesday! All volunteers were busy working on getting the roof into tip-top shape. But look at all those smiles on our volunteers, despite all the hard work they're putting in! HistoriCorps volunteers are truly a great bunch of people.]
Below is Mike Pascucci trimming a knot off the side of a juniper log to get a tighter fit when the next log is placed. He's using a sawzall here. Next, Robert is feeding the next split juniper log up to the dynamic duo, field staffers Eric and Jon. A moment of levity: Jon assumes a triumphant Maoist pose on the new roof. Tuesday, end of day - a nearly completed roof.
Wednesday, September 28
Robert (left) and Mike installing east end fascia log. Mike Pascucci securing fascia log.
Althea is placing and mortaring a stone filling in the space between the top of the wall and the just applied fascia log.
End of day Wednesday: progress! Here are Althea and Yannai, an informal shot.
Thursday, September 29
From heat and dust to mud - tough going today. We had to secure the rafters in the rain. Everyone was a little wet for lunch but at least the food wasn't soggy!
"Oh the joy " - Quote from the Journals of Lewis and Clark upon arriving at the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River.
When the HistoriCorps truck pulled up this morning, someone traced "mmm donuts" in the mud on the car door. A couple hours ... later BLM Archaeologist appears bearing same. Volunteers love their donuts!
Rejoice! On the inside, we're mortaring joints. Outside, there's some last minute rocking up the gable ends to make a tight seal with the roof. Short two pick up loads of topsoil for roof - here are Jon and Eric tossing four inches of dirt onto the near-completed roof. Scaffolding comes down today; we'll finish tomorrow.
Saturday, October 1
HistoriCorps employees Jon (left) and Eric (right) finishing stone joints.
The hand riven (split) beams suffuse the interior with a warm glow.
At right is a detail view of roof. Every beam was split by hand and surfaced by hand using hatchets, adzes and finally wickedly sharp drawknives.
After three weeks of work, here's the transformation!