To Red Blanket Cabin!
WHO WE ARE
Almost all of the lumber in the cabin (except the framing package) is from our 5 acres that the cabin sits on. The cedar interior walls and the exterior siding came from several cedars that fell in a windstorm in 2002. The interior blue pine is also from that same windstorm. We were fortunate enough to be acquainted with a local lumberman who owns a wood mizer sawmill and was willing to mill our logs into the beautiful lumber you see around you. You will find Harvey’s picture in a scrapbook at the cabin. We couldn’t have had such a nice outcome without his help. He also milled the white fir boards that make up the ceiling and the alder that we used to construct the kitchen cabinets. The only ‘foreign wood’ is the flooring, a hardwood from Malaysia called Kempis.
The unique wood making up the bathroom trim and drawers and on the island in the kitchen is ‘cap wood’. That is a by-product of cutting a log into lumber. Normally these caps are burned but we found a good use for them! The drawer and cupboard pulls in the kitchen are pine roots dried for two years and fashioned into handles. The stairway is a blend of several woods. The treads are Ponderosa Pine that was originally cut on an Alaskan Sawmill (a chain saw on a frame). We planed them and worked them into what we needed. The center log is an Oregon Big Leaf Maple left over from some of the local logging. It was destined to be cut up into firewood but we rescued it. The Lodgepole Pine railing system on the stairway is all natural bends. We gathered these during several days of traveling to the higher elevation near Crater Lake National Park where Lodgepole grows naturally. All of the inside beams including the massive overhead beam in the great room are Ponderosa Pine from Harvey. The beams on all 3 porches are Douglas Fir we cut ourselves on our little band saw mill from trees on this property that were killed by borer beetles.
The bathroom countertop
is a special piece of wood we have had for over 25 years. Steve’s
dad fell the Sugar Pine tree it came from and helped mill it up on an Alaskan
Sawmill when we were building our log home in the early 1980’s. It
was leftover from that construction and has been in our barn since then.
Janna has been doing Scroll Saw Art for several years now and decided to put it to use in the cabin. She created the wolves seen on the entertainment center as well as the eagle on the wall. There is an eagle that can be seen at the top of the stairs on the end of the overhead beam. Steve helps her a lot with picking out the right wood and finishing it. It’s definitely a joint effort.
All of the rock found in the patio area and around the house has been gathered from Red Blanket Mountain and Red Blanket Creek. As you can see, there are a variety of colors and types. The front and on the north side where the hostas are is all LAVA rock. This unique rock came from the eruption of Mt. Mazama, now Crater Lake. Actually all of the rock and the soil, which we call pumie dirt came from that great mountain. Pumie is pumice; the ash from the volcano. In some places in this area it is hundreds of feet deep and in others you can see the lava flows just below the surface. In the flowerbed behind the ‘Hut’ we have planted a large pumie (pumice) rock. They are very porous and lightweight. Pumie rocks actually float when they are dry.
One of the reasons we
are opening the cabin for vacationers is to meet new people. If you
are interested in visiting we would like to come down and visit…only if
you have time and want company. We fully understand that you may
want some very private time just to relax.
The Cabin is a No Inside Smoking / No Pets Accommodation
Contact us for Availability
Jesse and Samantha