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Old 05-14-2010, 01:08 AM   #916
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So now you see the crane straightened out and the weight ready to go into the hull. In order to lift the water barrel up and down so that the weight could be taken off the crane when the weight landed in the hull, I used the 1 ton chain hoist.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:09 AM   #917
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We loaded the boat with all manner of stuff, other than just the 1,600# of concrete weights.

The little boat was only 20' 6" long,and when the lift operator picked it up, his weight gauge indicated 8,000#. He said he'd never seen such weight in a short boat and was worried that it might be too much for the boat to handle.

But not to worry, she floated right on her lines and was no problem to drive.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:21 AM   #918
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The trip from the marina took us down the Fraser River, out the South Arm, across the Straits of Georgia, through Porlier Pass which divides Galiano and Valdez Islands and thence up to Ruxton.

At about 6 knots, it's an all day affair.

We set the moorings right out of the boat, and then proceeded to offload everything else. That's what you might call a long day.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:27 AM   #919
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That little green mini-barge belonged to our friends John & Judy who have a cabin on the opposite side of the bay.

Later on, we went over to Ladysmith for more lumber. By this time I had removed the crane from the boat and set it up at the top of the bank. We would load the barge, take it around to the other side of the spit and offload with the crane.

Here my brave wife is tying boards to be hauled up.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:30 AM   #920
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This is the view she got while things were airborne.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:34 AM   #921
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Once the wood was up, I would swing the crane around and drop the wood on the bank.

Even though it sounds like a lot of work (it was!) it was less than having to drag it from Herring Bay across the rocks up that way.
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This was the crane on top of the bank. It looks like I am putting a wood ladder over the edge so we could get up and down.

There is a rock ledge just 14' down which is reasonably level. Sometimes we would offload the wood right on to the ledge, then bring it up with the crane later. It all depended on the tides and if the weather was behaving itself.
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:04 PM   #923
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When we first got this lot, there was a very ramshackle frame here. I expect the previous owner had some idea that he would eventually build a small cabin. I believe the frame was 16' x 20'.

Since it was all but falling down on its' own, all I had to do was knock one of the 4 x 4's out of one corner and the whole lot was on the ground.

Oddly, the frame was built with the joists running lengthways. By the time we were here, the ends of the joists weren't in that great shape, but I was able to salvage 18' from each one.

That's the reason our cabin is 18' wide.
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I'm going to ask you to forgive me for getting some of these old photos out of order.

This is an early shot of me sitting on one of the douglas firs which I felled when we first got here. The bigger ones were all about the same size, which is to say about 32" in diameter at chest height, and slightly over 100' tall.

In the background right behind the tree is the platform I built using some of the wood from the ramshackle frame which was here.

I used my Alaska mill to do the milling in those days! Never again!
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Here is a shot of the Alaska mill in use.

Being a dyed-in-the-wool DIY'er from way back, I opted to build my own Alaska mill, rather than buying one. At least that way I could build it to fit the chainsaw I was using.

I started with an old Husky 2100 at first. Then when I blew that one up I got a shiny new Husky 394. Still have it and it still works great.

The Alaska mill I gave to one of my neighbours here who has some property up in the interior of B. C.

They had a lot of pine trees which got the pine beetle infestation, and he wanted to do something with some of the wood before it was too far gone. I think he was going to build some fences.
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As much work as an Alaska mill is, it does have some advantages.

For one thing it is dirt cheap to build one.

Secondly, you can use it right where the log has fallen.

And thirdly, you can mill any log of unlimited length. That's something you cannot do on a typical backyard bandmill. You are limited to the track length.
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thats a young mans game there
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This is great! I can't wait to see the next updates each day! Thanks for taking the time to post!

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You've sure got that right tp!

That is downright hard work, but if you're in reasonable shape and used to doing that sort of thing, it isn't so bad.

For me, those days are now over. Even using the sawmill...which does most of the hard work for you...it still takes a fair effort.
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This is great! I can't wait to see the next updates each day! Thanks for taking the time to post!

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Thank you very much.

Now that I seem to have at least a hint of an idea how the scanner works I should be able to give you some insight as to what it was like when we first got here.

Originally, the place was nothing but a huge tangle of weeds and awful vines which would trip us up if we weren't careful. Looking back at some of those old photos I can hardly believe all the changes.

Both my wife and I have spent the last couple of days trying to clear up the neighbours' place. I nearly have his woodshed done...just a little one.

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