The front of our house is built four feet off the ground (the back is about 7 1/2 feet up.) For the first four months we simply had a ramp made out of one of the rounds from a tree I had previously slabbed. The ramp was a pain, but it was just a ton of work to get all the lumber I needed to build the porch. I had to hike about an hour up the mountain behind my house to get to some Pine trees that grow on the ridge in order to slab them. Carrying the Stihl 066, mill, gas, oil, etc up the mountain was a ton of fun, let me tell you. Carrying all the lumber back down was a barrel of monkeys, too!
Anyway, I had a lot of trouble slabbing this time, just due broken chains, weird knots in the wood, sweat flies (here’s a video that shows these suckers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFKwY1lYdI )
The majority of the floor was done out of cedar, and just a little was done from a wood called “Ton.” Sorry I have no idea what the English name is. The frame and joists were done of mostly Pine, but some Ton, as well.
This is the first time I’ve ever framed anything completely by myself. I’m alright when I have a boss telling to “Go do this” or “Go do that,” but I realize now that I have SSSOOOOO much left to learn. There was just tons of mistakes on this project. Working with wet, crooked lumber didn’t help either. I don’t know when I will be able to slab siding for my house, but hopefully within the next couple months. Ok, here are some pictures.
The work-horse…the saw, not me.
You real carpenters will laugh at this, I know. Nothing is really finished out…just rough. But it does well for our bush house.
These are the shoes I have to wear to hike the mountains here in Hewa. There is some super rough and steep terrain here.
And just in case anyone is interested, here is a short video showing where we get our water in Hewa…
-- John Michael George, www.ntm.org/john_george