Skidding hardwood logs by hand

There is a new hydro scheme planned on the Gairezi river and they have just cut the transect for the route of the pylons.

Being Nyanga this includes cutting down two of the three invasive tree species – Pine and Wattle (the third is Eucalyptus).

Here we are skidding logs onto the trailer:

Skidding logs on logs

 

With a log ramp onto the trailer

 

Time to roll up hill

 

 

 

Nearly there

 

 

Or if lighter they get carried

 

and a long one

 

 

We have a lesson in knot tying

 

Well loaded up

 

Loaded front and back

 

As its all firewood for us to burn stones with we take it all – large and small

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Building a real log cabin – part 7a – towards the end of chinking and caulking

Having nearly completed the exterior caulking we turned to the interior to escape some high altitude cloudy windy rainy days.

 

cleaning up the beams after the mess of chinking

 

Willard using his newly built ladder in the stairwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Paul clearing up the mess of wood chips and caulk

 

 

Didi planing the floor joists

 

Mr Tongai helping the carpenters with the floor joists this week

 

 

Mr Daniel starting the roofing effort

 

The floor joists are finished for the day!

 

 

 

 

 

Building a real log cabin – part 7 – chinking or caulking between the logs

Now this is good – we brew our own chinking, or caulk, and get to work on those horizontal gaps between the logs:

We start out one afternoon

 

Mr Tongai shows us how its done

 

 

 

 

Mr Sydney taking break from carpentry

 

 

All hands on deck

 

 

The crew above are pushing in left over pieces of wood etc in preparation for the caulking

 

 

Building a real log cabin – part 6- stone extension first floor

Adding an upstairs in a stone semi-circle:

 

Hauling up cement and carrying stones

 

 

Our combination scaffolding

 

 

 

 

Interior scaffolding

 

And inside the topmost level the 2nd floor (or 3rd level)

 

Down a floor

 

View of fledgling golf course and the end of the stone extension

 

Top of the stone build

 

You start to get the picture

 

Semi-circular stone extension

 

The top level

 

 

Building a real log cabin – part 5 – stone extension and ground floor entry way

Now for the next larger extension – a semi-circular entryway and upstairs bedroom / bathroom.

Starting with the slab

Slab with cellar

 

Large stones form the 45 cm thick base wall

 

 

We’ll use smaller stones higher up!

 

 

And one of our trusty workhorse wheelbarrows.

 

Inside wall

 

 

Its a real building site at times with the stones delivered as close as possible

 

The style of this outer wall contrasting with the interior wall behind

 

Willard is still ‘burning stones’

 

Joining the previous bathroom extension

 

Raising the wall

 

Window frames

 

 

Mr Sidney – carpenter

 

More carpenter pictures to keep them happy too

 

Nearly complete ground floor

 

Our other work horse for stone delivery and a hundred other things!

Building a real log cabin – part 4 – modifications begin

Having hauled up the roofing sheets the over hung roof was added and the basic ‘box’ was completed – below:

 

 

A new doorway was subtracted using the chain saw – only slightly nerve wracking!

Cutting a doorway in a log cabin

 

Now for the start of something big – the first stonework extension to encompass a bathroom downstairs and extra room upstairs:

 

Starting the stone work extension

 

 

Mr Titius – builder and stone mason

 

 

Mr Titus on the wall

 

 

 

Supports included for the floor joists in the next extension

 

 

Willard burning rocks to create our building materials

 

Scaffolding below the upper level doorway

 

 

Corbels built into the new wall to support floor joists.

 

Meanwhile the carpenters create new square entryways connecting the upper levels.

 

The completed stonework of the bathroom extension

 

 

Our local vet and school children