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Old 10-22-2011, 06:49 AM   #5746
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Hey Jim,

About that tv show you watched about the fellow up North building the log cabin, did he go by the name of Dick Proenneke (http://www.dickproenneke.com/)? I got a cool dvd movie about his adventure. Let me know if you want a copy, I sent one to Coco, and he seemed to enjoy it!!

What a coincidence. I drop in to catch up on this thread and find a discussion about Dick Proenneke, just after having watched Alone in the Wilderness again.

For you Proenneke fans, about 3 weeks ago I flew out to visit his cabin. It looks like he just walked away from it yesterday.




I have some more photos from the trip right here.


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What a coincidence. I drop in to catch up on this thread and find a discussion about Dick Proenneke, just after having watched Alone in the Wilderness again.

For you Proenneke fans, about 3 weeks ago I flew out to visit his cabin. It looks like he just walked away from it yesterday.




I have some more photos from the trip right here.
Absolutely fantastic, that had to be a thrill to be there where Dick lived for so long, a bit of history that will live on. Thanks for all the pictures, they are great.

Keith's build is a history in the making as we speak also. For us who will never be able to live the dream that they are, and have, it is a treat to be allowed to see first hand how Keith's great adventure unfolds each day.
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A Squared...many, many thanks for posting that photo. That has just made my day in spades!

I looked through all your other photos and I have to say that Dick's building talents were nothing short of legendary. The fact that everything - particularly those amazing door hinges - is still intact, is a true testament to his outstanding skills.

Did you all notice that the poles on his cache look like they have sheet metal wrapped around them up high? Bears can climb trees in a heartbeat, but they can't get by that sheet metal...a very ingenious idea.

For those of you who haven't looked at the rest of the photos, I can only suggest that you do. This is not something that you are ever likely to see again.
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I noticed the metal but couldn't figure out what it was there for. Is that the same reason the sheet metal is on the end of the posts above his porch?

A Squared, who takes care of that cabin? Is it part of the National Park system?
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I noticed the metal but couldn't figure out what it was there for. Is that the same reason the sheet metal is on the end of the posts above his porch?

A Squared, who takes care of that cabin? Is it part of the National Park system?
Dick deeded his cabin to the National Park Service. It's within the Lake Clark National park and preserve, and Park service people look after it.

Yeah, the metal on the cache legs is to keep out bears, and porcupines, and other climbing animals.

I assume that the metal on the ends of the eaves and purlins is to shed water, and keep it from soaking into the end grain. I don't know who put it there, Dick or the park service. I suspect the latter; The metal is copper there are some other places where copper sheet metal is used for some unobtrusive preservation. Cut-up Blazo* cans was more Dick's style.



*Brand of lantern and stove fuel popular in Alaska at the time.
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I looked through all your other photos and I have to say that Dick's building talents were nothing short of legendary. The fact that everything - particularly those amazing door hinges - is still intact, is a true testament to his outstanding skills.

Yes he was quite a craftsman. I don't know if you have seen "Alone in the Wilderness" but if you haven't, I'm pretty sure you'd enjoy it. Dick filmed himself building the cabin. He worked alone, without power tools, not even a chain saw. The film shows him making the hinges and latch for his door. I was amazed to find that 43 years later, they worked perfectly, and showed no sign of ever having needed repair.
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Yes he was quite a craftsman. I don't know if you have seen "Alone in the Wilderness" but if you haven't, I'm pretty sure you'd enjoy it. Dick filmed himself building the cabin. He worked alone, without power tools, not even a chain saw. The film shows him making the hinges and latch for his door. I was amazed to find that 43 years later, they worked perfectly, and showed no sign of ever having needed repair.
Indeed I have seen the video. Sbmfj was kind enough to send me a copy of it some time ago.

I think it is destined to become a classic, if it isn't already.
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I'm glad to see that someone is preserving his cabin and property. I kind of wondered when I saw the areas of 1" (?) gravel around the cabin and on the path. My first thought was, "How did he get that delivered?" .

Thanks again for posting the pictures A Squared. It was certainly a joy to look at them.

One other thought that entered my mind is how many trips I have to make to Lowe's or HD when I do even small projects at my house. Dick built the entire cabin with the skills and materials he had - without having the convenience and expense of running to the store. That's very impressive. I see you doing that a lot too Keith.
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Well, you know, we don't have a Lowe's or Home Depot down the street...in fact we don't have any streets...so sometimes you have to make do with what you can find.
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Hi all. I have seen the whole film of the 'cottage' in Alaska, and have 'virtually' been there. He was a great 'entrepeneur', before the word was popular..and "Cocobolo..in a sense..is doing the same thing, but with a 'flair' for the creative/artistic..and using what is available ..here. Most of you..do not..have the 'scenic outreach'..I have..so that basically..I can see his small Island/domain..from where I live..but..I am always 'rewarded' by the expertise and utilization of what he can get from the ocean..and use,,and turn into something..that I would call..art!! The other 'neat' thing..is that our paths have 'crossed'..40 years ago..under totally 'unique" situations..he is a 'craftsman..his work 'speaks'..for itself!
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Hi Scoggy...how did you like this weather today?

The missus felt like she could handle a quick trip over to Cedar on the skiff, and with the water being dead flat, the sunshine and favourable tides, we did just that.

Now I can stay put for at least a week and get some work done!
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Hey Scoggy, you have been able to see Keith's house in as a whole, all we have seen (the best I remember) is sections of his house. Hopefully when he gets through he will post a picture of the entire house. You both are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Keith I bet that felt good to your sweety to be able to get out and go for a while, we are really happy that she is doing as well as she is.
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Thanks Jim. We were very lucky in that I could get the boat right up to the new float I made a little while ago, so she could manage to get in to the boat fairly easily.
We have a small two step stool which she uses to get out of the boat at the marina. The walk up to the van was a bit more than she expected I think, but of course she dare not say anything!
I dropped her off at the small local grocery store in Cedar and went up to the building supply and gas station.
She was sitting outside the store when I got back, obviously quite tired, but in great spirits.
The boat ride back was in dead calm water, really gorgeous. She's back laying down in bed now, but I think she's really pleased with herself that she made it OK.
The one leg has flared up again, but I expect that a good night's sleep - which I'm sure she will get tonight - will do her a world of good.
As always when anyone extends good wishes to her I pass them along, for which she is grateful.
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Another SIDE BAR:
Ain't this going to be something!
One of my son-in-laws grandfathers that passed away in 2008 left the family a few small items to dispose of when they got ready. The below article from our local newspaper describes one of the items. As it turns out this particular weapon was actually owned by one of the first volunteers to enlist in the army to fight in the Civil War. That's not the end of the story however. It also seems that this particular soldier fought in several of the big-name battles during the war and survived to fight again. He also kept very detailed diaries of all of his activities and battles he participated in, which serves to authenticate the weapon. Seems that when Don bought the gun fifty years ago the diaries were thrown-in with the deal.
Other weapons of this identical type have sold at auction before. The last one to be sold fetched a handsome $800,000.00 and it had no documentation. The auctioneers have been contacted by collectors world-wide and several are planning to either attend the auction or be represented here on Wednesday. The Smithsonian has also shown interest and plans to be represented. I suppose we'll see how it goes.
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A significant piece of Civil War memorabilia owned by one of the first Union soldiers to enlist is expected to fetch a premium at a worldwide auction in Hastings at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Adams County Fairgrounds Community Building, 947 S. Baltimore Ave.
The 19th-century Samuel Colt .44 Caliber Army black powder revolver is owned by Hastings resident Scott Bonham and his four siblings. It is part of a collection of merchandise amassed by their late father, Don Bonham of Hastings, who died in 2008 at age 82.
It will be auctioned by Gerritsen Auctioneers and Appraisers of Hastings, along with other items, including a Civil War musket, miscellaneous rifles, coins and collectibles.
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thanks for sharing those pictures A-Squared. Must have been a nice trip up to those parts of Alaska. One day...

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