Events at our cabin! #6: Logging operation, not by choice!!

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 08-20-2007 02:07 AM 1832 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Barb was feeling better last Thursday, so we took a jaunt up to our cabin for the day.

We new in advance what to expect when we got there. Our good Neighbor called us a about it.

A big old Black Spruce tree, between 90, & 100 years old, had blown down right in front of our cabin.

He was kind enough to cut some of the lower branches that were on our dock.

We were fortunate, because it missed or dock by an eye lash. It destroyed a glider, but I didn’t feel too bad, because it was a store bought one. We were also lucky that it missed our old boat.

Barb took some pictures of the project.

Before the Storm.

Our first look at the damages.

See how close it was to the dock.

The poor glider!

Picture from the Dock.

Barb, the supervisor.

Head Honcho!!

Prying the pinched logs apart.

De-liming the top portion. Notice: not much water, it used to be about 4” below the deck stringers.

Cutting to 52” lengths. Water should be above the knees.

Wood was punky near the base of the tree.

Building a log supply. I plan on making an sawmill attachment for my Rikon band saw.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 08-20-2007 02:18 AM

I worked up a sweat looking at those pictures.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 08-20-2007 02:18 AM

Glad to see Barb and you out in the bright sunshine. Also glad you weren’t out enjoying the breeze in that glider when the tree decided to give it up.
Now that I have turned a wet bowl, every log now has a different appeal. You’ll have to keep use apprised of the log’s progress.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#3 posted 08-20-2007 02:31 AM

Well you are getting it cleanup up Dick. Take it easy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 08-20-2007 02:49 AM

That was a near miss….good thing the wind wasn’t in the opposite direction. Great to see Barb looking so chipper. I hope I have all that energy when I’m your age Dick…....looking pretty good for an old geezer…:)

-- Bob

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#5 posted 08-20-2007 02:51 AM

Hi Dick;

You have a few years on me, and I got tired watching you work. I’m not sure if I want to have your energy and ability at your age. I find you awe inspiring!

Glad to see Barb is up and around.

And who drank the water?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 08-20-2007 03:08 AM

Someday, Dick, I would love to visit that beautiful place.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 08-20-2007 03:10 AM

Good job to have behind you Dick.
A word of caution re uing this wood on your bandsaw.
Really check the wood for pitch.
If there is even a trace it will bung up you blade and guides big time.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 08-20-2007 03:15 AM

Tree aside, I’m glad to see you and Barb have made it back to the cabin. I’m also glad to see the smile on Barbs face. Bless you both. W.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 08-20-2007 03:56 AM

Beautiful place you have there Dick. I’m like Don that looks like a nice place to come visit. It looks like it was a beautiful day to do some outdoor work.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#10 posted 08-20-2007 04:32 AM

Glad it was just a glider that was damaged Dick. I hope you guys get go back soon and stay a while longer. Hello to Barb.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 08-20-2007 05:26 AM

At least nature decided to fell a nice straight tree for you. I’m not looking forward to taking down (technically) one of my neighbors maples (any bystander would presume it to be on our lot) before it takes out our house, porch and/or electricity. This one is about 150, and is beautiful in mid october, but ravaged by invading flora and fauna. I’m not expecting any usable wood for working or burning, save a few branches. Might get some pens, but no boards out of that…. This is what would have fell on our dock.

Glad to see it missed you, the dock and the house. Would have been a tradgedy had you build the glider… perhaps a replacement with the tree that did it?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 08-20-2007 05:34 AM

Good to see both of you out in the air and sunshine. The smiles look good as well. Hope all is well with you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 08-20-2007 05:42 AM

You should see the smile on Barb’s face after reading your nice comments.

Scott, You got me thinking there. I recently bought a splitting Froe, & I might just try using it to make some lumber for a new glider.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 08-20-2007 06:58 AM

Dick –

Glad you are both safe and no damage to the cabin! Looks like an interesting windfall . . . I can just see you musing over how to put that wood to good use! I could not resist sending a couple of links for your review:

Log Resaw Link #1

Log Resaw Link #2

Log Resaw Link #2 – PDF Plans

Things have been busy and distracting here and I have not had a chance to get into the shop – getting antsy feet! I pop in to LJ as often as I can for a quick look to see how everyone is doing and take a quick peek at new projects and blogs. I am way behind on leaving comments on all the wonderful work, blogs and new Jocks.

Best Regards,


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#15 posted 08-20-2007 01:04 PM

Hello Barb. Don’t you just look like a ray of sunshine. It must be wonderful to not only be feeling better but also finally be at the cabin. Keep smiling :)

Dick, you are indeed an inspiration (well both you and Barb, really).

Phew re: the silver linings – everything safe and sound except a store-bought glider.
That water sure is low! We are slowly turning into a desert up here.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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