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Symbol October 30, 2010

Filed under: Question: Needs Input,Random Stream of Consciousness Post — indorfpf @ 9:00 pm

Should RA have a symbol/logo? Any volunteers?

 

 

Also: I’ve been caught reading that cabin book at work several times already and it always leads to some interesting conversations. One particularly memorable encounter had this old country woman ranting about how she just turned sixty and finally got her cabin after all these years and that to never EVER give up on your dream and it will happen. She repeated that last bit several times. It was touching. Thought I would share it with you all! Keep the dream alive!

 

How to Build Your Dream Cabin in the Woods By J. Wayne Fears (Incomplete)

Filed under: Book Review — indorfpf @ 4:07 pm
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[I am taking all formatting suggestions in the comment/reply section. I don’t know if this will be too big for one post?!? Also, personal comments will be bracketed and italicized]

Summary: Highlights the basic aspects of cabin selection and building. For example, has chapters on outhouses, water, lighting, bedding. Showcases 5-6 styles of cabins and pros/cons of each. Focuses more on general planning of the dream as compared to step by step directions on how to build. Pretty pictures.

Backcover Description: For generations, nature lovers, writers, and sportsmen have found an escape from their day-to-day world in living closer to nature. J. Wayne Fears offers a complete guide to building without the hassle of a construction crew or outrageous costs. The ultimate resource includes photos, blueprints, and diagrams, and covers the steps to constructing the cabin you’ve always wanted such as:

  • Selecting a site
  • Gathering construction materials
  • Deciding on a design that is right for you – Adirondack shelters, Alaskan trapper’s-style cabins, or family-size cabins
  • Managing your property
  • Building add-ons such as shooting ranges, an outhouse, or an outside fire ring
  • Installing cabin security
  • And more

Now, with How to Build Your Dream Cabin in the Woods, everyone can have the refuge they want- a getaway beside a trout-filled stream, near a bass-laden lake, or by a mountain trail with a breathtaking view.

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Topographical Mapping & Cool American Indian Lore

Filed under: Ritual,Uncategorized — indorfpf @ 3:52 pm

When looking at prospective land we can get topographical maps of what we are looking at from USGS. You just mail them the coordinates, select what scale you want and then they will mail you a map for eight dollars. A topographical map will include manmade structures, developed trails, roads (both asphalt and gravel), any water sources, and elevation change.

I believe the maps are now available online for free (searching the web)… Here we go: http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/Other_Resources/rdb_topo.html. There are links on that website to purchase the maps and to 3rd party websites for online viewing. As an aside, it would be pretty cool to check out the topo map of where you are currently living. Especially if you live in a hilly area like San Francisco, a topographical map is the near equivalent of a bike map. COOL BEANS.

[Just read that aerial photographs are useful as well, which makes sense. Use google maps or terraserver.com]

While talking about maps I figured it would be good to record on this fine site about hardiness zones. I read some about this while researching orchards. Basically, there are several factors that affect whether a plant will grow in your area, such as rainfall, daytime temperatures, day length, wind, humidity, etc. The USDA plant hardiness map records and separates the United States into different zones depending on average low temperature, which affects whether a plant (or tree) can survive there or not.

FAQ: http://www.backyardgardener.com/zone/index.html#what
Hardiness Map: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/

Whoa! Just found a cool set of maps for the western US only that shows alot more information, “since they factor in not only winter minimum temperatures, but also summer highs, lengths of growing seasons, humidity, and rainfall patterns to provide a more accurate picture of what will grow there.” (more…)

 

Ex-military house-husband + homemade logcabin = living the dream October 7, 2010

Filed under: Architecture,Ritual — indorfpf @ 11:33 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/07/garden/07twig.html?_r=1&ref=garden

p.s. The New York Times has a great Home & Garden section every Thursday. It gets an Indorf two thumbs up.