Monthly Project - November 2012

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  1. buroak

    buroak Guide Bushclass I

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    We’re going to do something a little different for the November Project. I want to name the November Project, “Get a Kid Involved in Bushcraft”. Rather than have some projects to vote on, I want us to work on this one project. I want us to build a miniature log cabin scene or home/farm scene. This can be just a simple little log cabin to a whole village complete with several buildings, fences, barns, or whatever else would be on a farm or village. It can be embellished with little trees, bushes, grass, anything made of natural material. You can use any material as long as it comes from nature such as weed stems, tree limbs, cattail stems or any other plant material. Now, here is where kids come in. This would be an excellent project to introduce kids to Bushcraft. I am giving you extra time on the November Project so you can start collecting your materials. Take your kids with you and start collecting material. If you take kids out collecting that are not related to you, it is a good idea to take another adult with you. We call this two deep leadership in the Boy Scouts. Let the kids help collect the materials and let the kids help build your log scene. (or work on the project by yourself if you want to) If you have kids, get them out of the house and start collecting. If you don’t have kids, ask a neighbor if you can get their kids involved. If you are a grandmother or, in my case, an old white haired grandpa, get your grandkids involved and so on. Above all keep the kids safe! Make sure kids don’t use sharp tools unsupervised. Be aware that many kids have nut allergies, pollen allergies, and other allergies that can hurt them so consider this ahead of time. My oldest grandson, for example, has bad allergies to nuts so I have to be carful where I take him. I have to carry an EpiPen and know how to use it. It would be a good idea to carry a first aid kit with you. Also, keep kids out of poison ivy or other poisonous plants. It would be a good time to point out what these plants look like so they can identify them themselves and stay out of them. In other words, make sure you know ahead of time what a kids medical needs are and be prepared to deal with them. Once again, above all, keep kids safe. Use your imagination and have fun!

    I am working on a log cabin now to give you an example. As I make progress on it, I will take pictures to show what can be done. I’m using goldenrod (Solidago sp.) stems so far on mine. For glue, I am using Tacky Glue and Shoe Goo. The shoe goo works very well but you have to work fast because it sets up very quick.

    Here’s my log cabin so far.

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  2. rlh2

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    Very nice!
     
  3. buroak

    buroak Guide Bushclass I

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    My log cabin is progressing. When I get the roof on, I think we will be able to move in. My wife says she is getting tired of living in the tent!

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    I bet the wife stays in the tent until you fill in the windows and chink all the wind tunnels in those walls.
     
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    a really good idea. i spent time with mine building fires and hikes. they still bring up the stuff from time to time, so i know good memories were made. and i enjoyed it also. quality time. joe
     
  6. buroak

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    I wonder what happened to the first picture in my first post of this thread?
     
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    I'm not sure how I have missed folder before... looks like I have some catching up to do. This sounds awesome I am always looking for new stuff to do and this will do the trick.

    Thanks guys
     
  8. buroak

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    Yes, my wife is not very happy with me because it is taking so long! This is the first log cabin I ever built so I am learning as I go! (actually, she will be glad when I get all this stuff off the dining room table!)
     
  9. buroak

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    It’s November 1st and time to start on the November Project. Read the first post to see what we are doing this month. Here’s how my log cabin is progressing.

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    The shingles are made out of cattail leaves.
     
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    very cool idea. I might give this a go
     
  11. buroak

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    It has really been fun. I wish more people would participate.
     
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    very nice cabin, but dont forget to flash around the chimney....lol
     
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    I've.been planing to build scale.model out of our coming loghouse. Don't know if it will never be ready before the real thing though.
     
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    love it. very cool.
     
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    Yeah, I must get that done. During the last rain I noticed we had two leaks in the roof also. I have made a new ladder so my wife can get up there and get that fixed. haha
     
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    I'm making progress on my log cabin.

    The roof is done.

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    The door is on.

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    The shutters are on the windows.

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    I made a new ladder so my wife can fix the leaks in the roof. haha

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    I have made some more progress on my log cabin. I started the wood stove. Notice the white smoke coming out of the chimney. Also, my wife has been cutting firewood. It makes me tired just to watch her so I made a chair for me to set in and watch her. I don’t get near as tired now! (I hope my wife is not reading this or I will be building a dog house next. And there I will have to spend the winter!)

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    The smoke is a good touch

    I like the smoke coming out of the chimney, it really makes it look cozy. Add some window boxes and let your wife plant some flowers.
     
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    Good idea!
     
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    Wow, I had a flashback!

    As I read this post I suddenly remember doing something very much like this for a class project back in the early Sixties! I made a cabin out of Lincoln Logs on a sand base contained in a box, and I had fencing, livestock, etc.

    I hadn't thought of that in many decades. My children are grown now and I am getting them into some real bushcrafting, but if I can find some young ones I will start this project with them.

    Thanks!
     

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