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So, this is the beginning. These boxes are my sawmill.  They are in my driveway in Sebastopol.  From here, I have to drive them to the logging site in another County.  I have to learn how to assemble it.  I have to cut hundreds of giant douglas fir trees.  I have to learn how to use the mill properly.  I then have to transport beams up to 40' long over 50 miles (I will have to hire a truck I think) to the woodworking shop. I have to learn how to make mortise and tenons. I have to make each piece fit perfectly. Package hundreds of beams and other building materials. Arrange for transport and delivery in Alaska (this requires getting a bulldozer on my land to get a space big enough for big rigs to turn around).   I need to sell my house.  I need to get rid of a lot of stuff and pack everything else.  I need to arrange for the safe transportation of my dogs, including getting their health certificates.  I have to arrange space on the ferry.  I need to get myself, my family and the ot…
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So, I am about to embark on a new adventure that I will chronicle here and on Youtube.  My wife thinks I am crazy.  And I might be. I am going to build a timber frame home on my land in Alaska.  Nothing crazy about that.  But I am going to build it here in California FIRST and ship it North next year.  Next year.  Next year I am going home.  So I have started gathering Douglas Fir beams here.  I bought a 20 foot deck over trailer.  I bought a 1954 forklift for a few hundred bucks.  I rented a space in a timber framers shop for $500 a month.  I can use all his equipment.  We are going to build the frame here and take it north next June and put it all back together.   I bought a small metal detecting wand and I am going over every beam looking for, and removing nails and screws.

It is going to be a 3000 square foot house with an adjoining 40 foot high tower and a two car garage.  I am also going to build a shop with a greenhouse on top.  I don't the money for this yet, but I won&#…