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drb777
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 11:30
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While I'm sure it's been mentioned before, for anyone with an interest in hand-built log cabins, the is no better and moving film than "Alone in the Wilderness".
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Many of you have probably seen this on broadcasts by PBS, those outside the US may not have had that availability. One can obtain the DVD and subsequent film DVD at the website, and youtube probably has some portions available for viewing.
For those of us that like to think we are somewhat self reliant, this will make you really ponder the question. Cheers.
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drb777
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 11:35
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 12:26 - Edited by: toyota_mdt_tech
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I own that DVD and its in my cabin DVD collection. My childhood home, my dad along with my twin brother and myself spent a summer building a log cabin toolshed. It was just an 8X12, but it had a woodstove in it and a window. We searched and collected all our own trees locally right behind our home from old logging sites. Hand peeled and saddle notched all the logs. We fit them tight, chinked with cedar bark and fiberglass insulation. I remember looking for the ridge log, we wanted a 16 footer that was a certain size and no taper. Our foundation was large rocks, roofing was hand split thick cedar shakes also picked up from old dead fall cedar logs near swamps. The only thing dad bought for lumber was the T&G plywood for the floor and the 5/8" plywood for the roof. Rest was all native materials scrounged locally for no cost.

The pile of bark peelings was massive, we let them dry out and burned them in a large fire pit we have on the beach (grew up in a house right on a lake with thousands of acres of woods across the street, best childhood anyone could of asked for)

Julie2Oregon
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 16:45
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Toyota,
That's awesome. And now there are so many regulations it might be impossible to do that in many places!

Smawgunner
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 17:04
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I'm ordering mine up now! Thanks for sharing. I'm in the process of restoring an 1870 log home and I swear it boggles the mind to imagine how they lived back then. It said he was alone with a camera on a tripod but if you watch the part where he gets into the canoe and paddles off, the camera mounted in the bow of the canoe pans to the left as he is paddling from the stern. ???

dk1393
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 19:11
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Smawgunner , he had company every so often and others filmed some for him. I have the books and DVD's. The are great to read and watch.

MtnManDan
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 19:19
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Hey all, a true gem of a DVD for anyone's collection. I can watch it over and over. There is also a Part 2 video, just as good as the first in my opinion....And wintertime videos. The books are more in depth, just as most books tend to be.
To Smawgunner, Richard (Dick) Proenneke did have a visitor here and there to his cabin...so those are the clips when someone else was doing the filming. There are many great cabin building stories you can find with a lot of Googling, but, Alone in the Wilderness is the one that is most satisfying.......

MtnManDan
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 19:27
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Sorry dk1393, looks like I was posting just after you...

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 19:40
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Quoting: Julie2Oregon
Toyota,
That's awesome. And now there are so many regulations it might be impossible to do that in many places!



That house was for sale last summer complete with photos. I did save the photos from the real estate online website. I have a picture of that log cabin toolshed somewhere in my computer or remove 2TB hard disc storage. I will try to find it and post it up.

drb777
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2014 20:05
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Here's another youtube link for portions of Alone in the Wilderness. This one has more of the cabin interior footage.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7jxFbscIJY&index=3&list=PL0A5550B5DFF800D3

cman47c
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# Posted: 29 Dec 2014 07:38
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I visited Dicks cabin last June. It is an awesome place, my second visit and I was able to catch a fish at Hope Creek.

drb777
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# Posted: 29 Dec 2014 20:39
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'Glad to hear that the fed's have still allowed Dick Proenneke's cabin to continue, as I suppose a historical site. Unfortunately, I've seen them stupidly destroy many such "loner cabins" in the federally designated "Wilderness Areas" of the Rocky Mountains. Sometimes it seems they like to impose their authority, even when it serves no reasonable purpose. I'm well aquainted with an outfitter in Idaho, and he relates their constant battle with the several federal agencies that promolgate new regulations to restrict access to the huge "public" lands. Maybe in Alaska things are a bit different.

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