The weather was beautiful but cold - about 20 degrees below the normal average for this time of year. The cabin stayed nice and cozy warm with occasional use of the heater - about an hour every 4-6 hours is all it took, more made it too warm. It was a good trial run for our winter visits.
Another shot of the window trim. I'm pleased with the look (thanks to my lovely wife). I'm very excited to get the wall finish (probably rough sawn Douglas Fir) on. The plywood is simply backing for the finish wood and will be covered up (a frequently asked question).
My DHW insisted she needed a comfortable place to sit during the day and she bought a couch. I resisted (of course) but will admit that it is a pretty nice to relax on...
There will be shelving built above the built in dresser as well as another cabinet between it and the Murphy bed. To the left of the bed will be another base cabinet and wall cabinet.
Just back from the Yonderosa. BEAUTIFUL fall weather, got some stuff done, saw some critters...
I was eating breakfast looking out at the meadow when this dude strolled by... I took this picture from inside the cabin window. Tried to get one from the porch but he skedaddled before I could get out there. I've only seen a few Bobcats prior to this visit - this one was bigger than the others, easily as big as our Labradors.
The view window trimmed out - this is the window I took the picture of the Bobcat through.
"A better life, I don't know, every night a picture show, Mountains painted by the setting sun, I'm one lucky son of a gun."
-Wylie and the Wild West, 'When I'm riding I'm right.'
Yonderosa Free Range Cattle
There is a long tradition of open range grazing in this area. The Yonderosa Meadow is frequently visited by the free range cattle. They do a pretty good job with the mowing and fertilizing ... The dogs are entertained by them too. Their scratching on the cabin is annoying... I get my revenge by ordering a steak.
The cowboys have their work cut out for them as local herd is widely scattered after a summer of grazing on thousands of fence-less acres. We enjoy watching them work. The horses are especially impressive and seem to know instinctively how to gather the beeves, no matter how willful and stubborn.
If I can get one or two more done in time the next trip might require two vehicles.
The cabinet stock is the quarter sawn Douglas Fir. Everything you see is solid stock including the door and side panels. I like the way it turned out.
The goal was to create a "simple" rustic cabinet. I used slightly wider stiles and rails to give it a more muscular look and did my best to incorporate the natural "defects" (knots, bark beetle pitch pockets, wind checks, grain variations and mismatches... etc.) to give it the "unrefined" look though it requires a lot more work to achieve it. Can't really improve on God's work. I did my best not to hide it.
This is the realization of a shared dream. The challenges my wife and I have overcome, our partnership and the surrounding natural beauty make the achievement even sweeter. We know we are Blessed. Life is Good!