Shed/Office (all slabbed lumber)

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Blog entry by JohnnyMike posted 01-04-2014 04:16 AM 1870 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently built a tractor shed/office building in the village where I live and work with the Hewa tribe. All the wood used for this project was from pine trees that we cut down and slabbed ourselves. The tin, though, we had to have flown in on a small, single prop Cessna.

The shed is now used to house the small tractor and slasher that we use to keep our grass airstrip cut. The other side has two small 8’x8’ offices for me and my co-worker that we use for language study as we work to learn the dialect of our village.

We just used larger rocks found around our place to put the post on.

We just used bush poles for the rafters to cut down the amount of lumber we had to slab…

This is my Hewa friend, Laimon, helping me chop some studs. It’s fun teaching these guys to use power tools, but I REALLY have to stress how quickly they can hurt themselves with them as they have no previous concept of it.

Installing the rolling door…

The door to my office on the side of the shed…

I let my daughter “decorate” my desktop before I put a coat of poly over it…

-- John Michael George,

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 02:43 PM

great shed.i like the idea of letting your daughter design your desk before you poly.thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 01:51 AM


We can’t begin to imagine the challenges you face as you build your mission post. It does look like you’ve got a really nice DeWalt miter saw! What’s your power source? generators? When we just travel 35 miles away to work on another house, we never seem to have the tools we need since we’re so used to having anything and everything we need in our shop. You have to be very creative to accomplish all you’ve done.

We’ve been supporting Bible translation (Bibles International) for many years now. We are so grateful for people like you who are brilliant enough to learn another language and also willing to sacrifice so that God’s Word can be available to all.


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#3 posted 01-06-2014 05:06 AM

Thanks guys.

L/W I am fortunate to have some decent saws. Before we moved to the country some supporters of ours helped us to buy the things we would need. As far as power, I have two generators that I typically use when running my saws. One is a Honda 2,000 and the other is a larger 7,500w Champion. My house, however, is completed solar powered.

I can definitely understand the frustration of not having the tools you need. Out in the village if we don’t have something then we either find a way to improvise or we’re hooped.

Thanks for the encouragement. I would definitely not say that I am brilliant, though. Currently this language is kicking me in the rear. However, a recent language evaluation I had did go better than I thought it would…though a ways to go yet. Thanks again!

-- John Michael George,

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