Sometimes I think about how modern technology makes us more powerful than we really are. Machines allow us to perform almost unimaginable tasks. Machines eliminate the consequences of mistakes. Machines make things easy.
Yet, in reality, we remain no more than we ever were. Along the way, we forgot how to stand alone.
What was it like to face a forest and know you must build a home with your own hands? What was it like to find your own water and food? I wanted to feel those things. So I started to learn.
Building a log cabin: well, the first thing you feel is how small and limited you are. Even a modest sized tree (around 6 inch diameter) stores more than enough energy to crush you to into oblivion. A green log 12 feet long is HEAVY. You learn what your body can do. Then, the power of simple tools. Finally, you learn how essential it is to plan ahead.
It's been a great experience. Even with the grueling work.
And this weekend it's finally time to do the roof!