The cabin in the woods

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In the winter of 2008/2009 I had a lull in work and decided that now was the time to build a cabin in a bit of woodland we manage up on Exmoor. The idea was that we would have a place to store tools and somewhere to shelter when I was up there working on the wood for a few days. Feeling in a romantic state of mind I decided I was going to hew the timber and, as much as possible build the thing entirely with hand tools. So at the start of January I gathering four handy pals together and we set off to the woods. Possibly not the best month to start a project that was going to involve two months of camping in the woods but keeping to the maxim ‘there is no such thing as bad weather only bad preparation’, we set up camp in the main loading bay.

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