Slabbing in Papua New Guinea

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Blog entry by JohnnyMike posted 08-26-2012 02:39 AM 2169 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live and work in Papua New Guinea with some of the world’s most remote people groups. Very soon, my family and I will be moving in with a tribal group called, Hewa. I first have to build our house, though. In order to do that I have to slab all of our lumber and just thought you guys would like to see some pictures of this process. These pictures are from a two week trip that I just returned from. It was really tough as we had quite a few set backs (our trees falling down the side of the mountain rather than on straight ground and such,) but we had a lot of work accomplished. I had two Stihl 066 and one 046. All three are really too small for the kind of work we did, but it’s all we had. One 066 quit running on day one…I think the rings are bad. I hope to get a bigger saw one day when funds permit, but in the mean time the other 066 and the 046 served well for their size. I will be choppering back into Hewa in October with a few guys to frame up my house, but I am hoping to get in a week or so sooner to get my house post, bearers and joist up so that the building team can get a lot more work done as they will only have 3 full working days. Anyway, here are some pictures.

This is my house site after a few days of clearing all the stumps and roots with just picks and shovels…

-- John Michael George,

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 06:01 AM

Quite an adventure in home building. Beautiful lumber! Keep us posted on the progress.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 07:13 AM

Those ARE beautiful trees.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 11:34 AM

Wow, your house is going to be beautiful. Be careful, your working a long way from a hospital. Keep us updated with your construction.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 11:34 AM

Wow what an adventure! Please please keep posting pics of your home-building.

-- Clark in Georgia

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#5 posted 08-27-2012 03:12 AM

Nothing like framing with wood most of us only wish we could get our hands on in that kind of quantity. Looks like some tough but fun and rewarding work you have there.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 08-27-2012 04:47 AM

Derosa, it does seem a shame to frame with some of this wood doesn’t it. Unfortunately, the cedar is least likely to get eaten by bugs, and with no Home Depot or lumber yard around I have to pick what save me the most work in the long run. I do plan on cutting a disc off of one of the trees that had some really nice color (though no idea what type of tree it is) to make some sort of wall hanging or clock out of it for our house as a memento.

-- John Michael George,

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