Friday, March 27, 2009
Be sure to read the captions on the photos...they narrate as well. As always, please click on any individual photo within the slideshow to enlarge the photos and control the speed.
Greenbriar Great Outdoors
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The foundation/bottom layer of the cabin is perhaps the most important step to get "right." The logs must be carefully leveled and stacked together to ensure the structure is sound when the subsequent logs are then added. This takes patience, time, and lot of hard work to achieve.
This week we've seen stones stacked and unstacked, logs placed and replaced, sill logs notched and re-notched, floor joists assembled, and disassembled, and a meeting of the minds behind the project. Yesterday the corner stones were finally mortared to the piers, and the delicate log stacking can begin.
You won't see as many photos of this phase (at least not as frequently) since reconstruction takes so much more time, but we promise to keep you posted!
Welcome back, Timber & Stone! We're glad to see you, Yeargan!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
While slots in the pre-set dates are allocated for individuals and small families, I am more than happy to schedule a private storytime for organized groups with 15 or more children. Today was just such an occasion. I had the privilege of reading Texas Zeke and the Longhorn to a delightful group of PK kids from ACI Academy. These kids were great--enthusiastic, intelligent, and, of course, completely hilarious.
And so, still chuckling, I bring you the stories behind today's favorite quotes.
In a manner befitting any good story featuring a protagonist named Zeke, the kiddos decorated bandanas as today's craft. They were working away (with washable markers, of course), and I was held captive by the most amazing conversation as they colored away:
Girl: I just don't like spaghetti and meatballs. I don't like the sauce. I don't like the noodles. I don't like meatballs.
Boy: I LOVE spaghetti and meatballs. I love everything about them. I love them more than anybody else.
Another girl: More than Jesus?
Boy: (pauses to contemplate for a moment) I don't think Jesus ate spaghetti and meatballs.
Their teacher and I about lost it at this point.
Second great moment...from a sweet girl who had just completed her bandana:
Girl: I'm a cowdaughter.
Me: You're a what?
Girl: A cowdaughter.
Me: (puzzled expression)
Girl: Well...I figure that a cowgirl is a grownup lady...and I'm still a kid. So I must be a cowdaughter.
From the mouths of 4 & 5 year olds...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
And this last photo is just here to show you how pretty the Village looks in her spring foliage...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
It's not the most glamorous part of the job, but you can't build a great cabin without a great foundation.
Thanks again to Yeargan Construction and to the foundation subcontractors, F & R Contractors, Inc., for completing this important step!
Please see photos below--video of pier drilling coming soon!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Today's exciting Log Cabin Village activities:
- The pier holes are being drilled for the Howard cabin's foundation
- The new post for the Foster House sign is being installed. The sign will go up tomorrow!
And we've got great treats for this month's special events, also! We hope to see you here...
March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2009
SONGS AND STORIES WITH WICHITA BOB
Enjoy folk tunes and cowboy music with Wichita Bob! Banjo, guitar, and mountain dulcimer music will all be featured.
March 13, 2009
TIMBER TALES STORYTIME
Featured story: Texas Zeke and the Longhorn by David Davis. Can Zeke get his ornery longhorn home? With a little help from “friends,” this cowboy will be enjoying his chili in no time! $3 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds. Please call 817-392-5881 to make your reservation (required).
March 14, 2009
Grab your punches and your awls...it’s time to craft leather! Fort Worth’s own Lone Star Leather Crafters Guild will be here demonstrating their fine work and giving Village visitors the chance to stamp a little leather on their own! No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission. Crafts for this event are generously provided by Tandy Leather Factory.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
So what's next? On Monday, Yeargan Construction's foundation subcontractors will be coming in to start laying the new foundation. And what a foundation it will be!!! Piers will be drilled eight feet into the ground to ensure this massive structure has the support it so desperately needs. This will enable the cabin to withstand the test of time and remain available for many future generations!
The foundation work should take about a week to complete and another week to cure (daily photos of concrete drying available upon demand). And then we anticipate the rebuild to begin sometime the week of March 23rd. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The photographs show the final work this past Friday and yesterday. Final pieces (like the staircase) were removed, and the whole structure was powerwashed to remove dry rot and excess dirt and debris. As we speak, the steel post "headgear" is being removed so that the lower logs can be accessed. And thankfully the posts are no longer needed!
The first log comes down... from logcabinvillage on Vimeo.