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Nature
Fri Aug 28 2020, 08:42PM

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We’re building up here. Now yours would be considered a “dream” home. It’s like a beautiful fairy tale.
Ours is really nice with beautiful views but we won’t live in it permanently. It’s too big. My fantasy home would be deep in the forest. A comfortable home for us with lots of wildlife. We’ve had plenty of that but since the invasion of those who just come up to play, the animals have gone back into hiding. We’ll be glad when this chapter moves on to the next so Big Bear has a few peaceful days again. keep posting. It’s fascinating.
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mountainart
Wed Sep 02 2020, 04:07PM

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Thanks! hope your build gets the C.O.O. soon! Be wonderful to be able to spend the holidays in a new cabin that you built yourself!

I started to work on the door area, the posts are 6x12 timbers, and there is a log fletch cut fitted onto the log ends on the left side. Door opening is 40" wide by 7' tall.

Am making the ironwork for the door now, will post pics when done
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mountainart
Wed Sep 02 2020, 04:19PM

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pics of front doorway











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Applenut
Wed Sep 02 2020, 09:42PM
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Can't wait to see the door in place (bet you can't wait too, to at least keep the bears out at night!)
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Thu Sep 03 2020, 09:23AM

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Very cool mountainart!
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mountainart
Wed Sep 30 2020, 02:25PM

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Whew! Just finished the front door. It's pretty much done! Just a few latch bits to fine tune. Looks and feels and smells like a real centuries old castle door.

I started with a 3.25 inch thick solid slab cut from a 4 foot diameter sugar pine which grew locally. cut it to 7 feet high, 44 inches wide. Then left the opening edge as living edge and celebrated the natural curvature of the slab, as it cured, and cut/channelled the framework of the side and top sills in the log wall to fit the compound warp of the door itself. This adds to the vibe that the door was pulled off of some antique European Castle.

The metal latches and lock mechanisms all are true working mechanisms, which I designed and cut and assembled together, and will be opened by turning the hanging ring. The lock will operate with an actual custom fitted old skeleton/castle style key. I designed and laser cut all the metalwork, and hinges, and hammered and finished the top bronze looking deco bits. Everything on the door is truly real and functional just like an antique fortress door. The door pull handles are cut from local Ironwood root, and beautifully follow the flow of the deco work around the latch/lock plates.

There is a leaded antique glass Gatekeeper window I made which also opens on brass rod hinges. Overall the door weighs about 300 pounds, with the wood and metal, yet opens and closes with the push of a finger.

I chemically aged, and burned the wood, with mineral and chemical stains, it has a great weathered, and beaten up exterior surface, like it has endured centuries of wear and tear, and possibly an attack or two

Nice, really nice to be able to have the door on, was one of the first finished art piece milestones on the house construction.























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Wed Sep 30 2020, 02:44PM

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What a cool door!

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mountainart
Wed Sep 30 2020, 02:55PM

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simple quick sketch of home, with the bell towers and turrets. There will be a flat roof area surrounded by victorian gothic railing that we will be able to access from the belltower too, kind of like the flat rooftop the admiral shot cannon from in Mary Poppins movie.



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Tman
Wed Sep 30 2020, 04:08PM
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That door is stunning!! Very nice work , it is such a pleasure to witness true craftsmanship!!

Thank you for sharing this!
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Wow gorgeous


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