Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rustic Cabinets

We've been deciding... OK, SHE'S been deciding what cabinets to put into the mini-cabin for some time. After numerous prototypes, some campaigning and the availability of local stock we have a winner.

Wall Cabinet

We wanted rustic and somewhat unique. I found some quarter-sawn Douglas Fir milled locally that has proven both visually interesting and easy to work with.

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Jeff turns logs into dimensional stock with his Timber King. The quality is excellent and the price is right.

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Gluing up the stock for the Cabinet Sides

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Solid wood Cabinet Side
The doors are also solid stock. The styling was inspired by my Great Grandfather's desk - solid wood and simple. Rather than cut out the imperfections - Bark Beetle Pitch Pockets, wind checks, staining and knots - I did my best to incorporate them to add to the rustic look.

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Slatted solid wood Doors
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Simple Joinery
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It takes a little work but it is enjoyable to create something out of the local trees.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kirby and other Yonderosa treasures.

Kirby Cooling off in the Creek

Going up to the lake!

Taking a well deserved nap.

On sunny mornings the sun would paint shadow murals.

I'm not sure but I think this is a female Audabon's Warbler. She was not happy about my proximity to the nest she was building but was good enough to pose for a picture.

The valley below is aglow with patches of yellow. The balsamroot is spectacular this time of year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

This Just In!

Just got back from six incredible days at the Yonderosa, way too much to tell so I'll try to save some words by using some pictures.

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The primary reason for our trip was to make progress on our little building. We managed to get some siding on and took Happy Days' (thanks Deb) advice and tried earth tones. Yonderosa Green and Greener

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The Soffit on the Eves and Gable Ends turned out great, still have the Porch Soffit to do.

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Two more Windows! Besides a great view we watched Deer feeding in the meadow, a Coyote hunting down by the Kirby Creek and enjoyed a Sky full of Stars though them. Sitting behind them enjoying a wonderful meal and a glass of wine is more proof, Life IS Good.

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There were distractions... While the Turkeys were not in the mood to play the Trout were eager to maul my flies. You should have seen the one that got away...

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The trailer worked great. Over 600 miles of shuttling tools and materials - zero problems.

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Weather - Always adding spice to experience. We had Sun, Rain, Snow, Wind and Frost, sometimes in the same day. It was nice to have a cozy place to retreat to and actually enjoy the variety.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Ready, Get Set, GO!

My truck is excellent for shuttling materials and supplies to the Yonderosa but is less comfortable for our two puppers on our long drive there and back - they much prefer the Subaru. To make life better for the "kids" we decided to invest in a trailer. The trailer will allow us to bring the items that can't be stowed inside a vehicle, like bulk propane, generator, etc. It will also allow us to haul our cabinets, appliances and even a Quad (not all at once) without having to use the truck.

The main reason for us choosing this trailer is that it folds up making storage very easy.

It just arrived but my initial impression is very favorable. The quality is among the best of the trailers we looked at. Folding and unfolding the trailer is easy. It has more than enough usable space for a majority of our needs.

The one downside, in my book anyway, is that it is made in China... The guy at Costco said it was made in Utah but the packaging made it very clear that it was in fact made overseas.

We will be using it on our next visit. I will report how it goes.

In an unrelated matter my wife and I have been debating the colors we will use on the Cabin. After a number of experiments we think we have come to an agreement. We will further test on our next visit. I am optimistic.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A few more photos from the last trip

On the way up to Washington Pass, North Cascades Highway

Spring morning view

Ranunculus glaberrimus - Sagebrush Buttercup
Among the first flowers of Spring at the Yonderosa

Looking forward to getting back!