Our volunteer blogger for Skinner Cabin is long-time HistoriCorps volunteer Bobby Evans (check out his volunteer spotlight here)! Bobby lives in Fruita, CO – just minutes away from our most recent project, Skinner Cabin. Skinner Cabin is an example of one of the earliest stone cabins in the area, built by stonemason John Skinner in the early 1900s. The building today needs some roofing and masonry updates. Located just past the Colorado National Monument, Skinner Cabin has been busy this past week!
Here’s Bobby’s photo blog:
There’s a lot of work to be done!
Here’s what happened over the course of the first week.
Wednesday, September 14:
We are riving (splitting) juniper logs for roof replacement. This is all hand work using an antique froe and white oak wedges from my shop. After being riven the split logs are handed off to me for leveling the twisty juniper. Other woods are more prone to splitting nice and straight.
Already, Jon (field supervisor) is pleased with the progress. When we started the project, three weeks seemed a wildly optimistic timeline. We can do this in three weeks.