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Jason Sergeant
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Hello all, I'm one of the gappers living here at base camp. I moved up here in July. Life around base camp keeps me real busy, but I try to take some pictures every now and then of life around here and what myself and other are up to. Here's the first round and expect more in the future
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This was just before the RHM Workshop, We were gathering clay from the lab for cob and pulled out a couple big chunks that looked like the they were ready to be turned into pottery.
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it's the real life Charlie Brown Christmas tree!
 
Jason Sergeant
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Some pictures from working on wofati 0.7
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This is a view from on top of wofati 0.7 at the pond site that was made and provided dirt for burying 0.7 (I know how to drive that dump truck now!)
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The operator's seat of the excavator digging out the pond (I can run this too!)
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Tim and Kristie's newest dog finding a comfy spot in the sawdust pile
 
Kristie Wheaton
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Ahh....Cheyenne looks so comfy
 
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On the bent tree --- I'm assuming that the tree was bent over in a heavy snow. Often, people run around their forest in the spring and cut down everything like this for firewood. The tree may come down on it's own or it may recover and produce a severely bent log. These logs make great archways.

I like the title of the thread.
 
Jason Sergeant
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Richard and I dug a trench through one of the berms behind the shop today to drain the growing lake that was forming in the parking lot.
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Thanks for sharing your pictures!
 
Jason Sergeant
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Sofia and I cleaned the shop on Friday to get ready for movie night. Now we have a recliner down there too and the seating is by the mass for the batch box RMH system.
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Thanks, Jason, for letting us 'come along'... love it!!
 
Jason Sergeant
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I went and got some sawdust for the 10x10 wofati today
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This is one scoop from the massive loader that filled the truck. Three scoops was over 5 tons. The sawdust was probably a little wetter than normal though.
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the loader
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the results
 
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That sawmill looks like a great thing to have nearby! Is the sawdust free?
How about the "slats" that they trim off of logs to square them up?
 
Jason Sergeant
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Miles Flansburg wrote:That sawmill looks like a great thing to have nearby! Is the sawdust free?
How about the "slats" that they trim off of logs to square them up?


Yeah, it is useful having a mill nearby for this purpose. The sawdust isn't free, but at about $30 a ton it is fairly inexpensive. We haven't looked into getting anything else from them that a know of. Once our sawmill is running more regularly, we'll be getting sawdust and scraps from that I hope.
 
Jason Sergeant
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Today was mostly a shop day for me
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Zach Weiss is here here helping with the 10x10. He spent a bit of time showing us how to use our new planer and joiner. (Thanks Tom!)
 
Jason Sergeant
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Today I helped at the 10x10 wofati site
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we're using vise grips when screws have to be removed because the logs are now so cold the impact driver won't budge em'
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My impressive icebeard
 
Jason Sergeant
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Hello all, just got back from visiting my family for a few weeks. I've got a few pic from before the trip that didn't get put up
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Jesse and I digging post holes at the 10 by 10 wofati site. the ground there is almost entirely small rock.
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And just for fun, one of the beautiful sunsets I photographed on my trip
 
Jason Sergeant
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Last week, before the snow hit, Jesse and I were working bring down trees for the sawmill
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Things went well. The trees were all falling as expected
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Starting to limb the tree. We're using a corded chainsaw running off the electric tractor's inverter
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Another unique curved tree I saw on the land.
 
Jason Sergeant
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Jesse and I did more work on the hill today bringing down logs for the sawmill. (Now with snow!)

Also, Jesse has an thread about looking for better ways to load logs into the truck here
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That's me, limbing a tree.
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Jesse cutting the logs down to length
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Loading the logs into Ranger Doug can be pretty challenging
 
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That crazy curved tree is dying to be the ridge pole of a grand funky super hobbit house wofati.
 
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Anybody tried panning for gold in that gravel?
 
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R Scott wrote:That crazy curved tree is dying to be the ridge pole of a grand funky super hobbit house wofati.


Maybe an eave edge even, that is a nice shape for an roof eave, if it is long enough anyway.
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Anybody tried panning for gold in that gravel?


In the first summer, 2013, Paul bought a pan for gold panning. I can't recall who tried it - maybe Jesse Biggs? Nothing.
 
Jason Sergeant
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This how we measured logs today when Jesse and I forgot the tape measure, from foot to fingertip I'm close to the 8'6" target.
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Jason Sergeant
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Friday, Rick and I worked on preparing the new solar panel framework on the Leviathan to be painted.
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We're getting ready to paint to new solar panel framework that Tim and Rick built for the leviathan. Rick was sick last week so we had to put it on hold.

So I'm down in the shop tonight keeping the batch box loaded so the it's warm enough to paint in the morning i thought I'd post some pictures.
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Taking it easy and enjoying the fire
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The new solar panel framework to be painted
 
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I installed a new sub panel box and GFCI breaker on the Leviathan today for the sawmill.
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Did some painting on the Leviathan today
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Took the solar panel array for the Leviathan apart and finished painting the framework.
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Jason Sergeant
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Tim and I install a new pedestal mount for the hand crank that will raise and lower the solar array. Tim made it and I painted it.
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Jason Sergeant
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More Leviathan work. The framework got drilled and tapped and the panels mounted.
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Lining up the jig for drilling and tapping.
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Mounting the panels.
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The finished product.
 
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The siding on the Leviathan is looking pretty sharp.
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Got the excavator going again with a new starter so that it can come down to base camp for more repairs.
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The Leviathan is fully assembled and out of the shop now.
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Got to see Ernie Wisner's arched workshop the he's building using bow trusses, very cool.
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