Today was typical Grand Marais day. Blustery, overcast, 40 degrees, and off and on it rained most of the day. The upside is that there was no snow. However, there is a 30 percent chance of snow overnight and into tomorrow. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Our class continued to build the log walls. Our ability significantly improved over the last two days. As we looked at the timbers we cut on Thursday, it is clear that we were just hacking away at the dovetail joints. It is amazing what two days of practice made in regards to the quality of our work. Across the board all the students went from hacking our crap joints to cutting precise dovetail joints.
Today, was spent fitting up the logs to the building. We placed the timbers on the building and then fine tuned the joints so the logs were level and tight. And, fine tuning the crap-j0bs we cut over the last two days certainly gave us plenty of practice in fitting really poorly cut joints. Which we did quite well, and the building looks great.
I am certainly amazed. With just a bit of instruction, eight unskilled trainees are able to grasp the half-dovetail technique and produce a building in just four days.
I will be building a very similar structure for the sauna at The Stump Ranch. I believe it will take me two days to cut the timber on the mill and then another 8 days to install the foundation and the cut out the logs that are needed to erect a cabin shell.