By Joseph Robertia
Measure twice, cut once is a rule all carpenters know when working with boards. When working with logs, even more precision is required. This is particularly true when attempting to replicate not only the style of craftsmen who have been dead more than 100 years, but when trying to duplicate their unique notches for holding old cabins together.
“It seems like you’ll get it figured out, but then another problem comes up, but it’s fun to solve the problem,” said Bud Crawford, one of a handful of volunteers who have been spending their winter weekends restoring the historic Watchman’s Cabin, which now resides at the Kasilof Regional Historical Society’s McLane Center Museum.
In October 2009, the cabin — built between 1882 and the late 1890s — was moved from near the mouth of the Kasilof River’s northern side to the museum on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof, where roughly six other historic structures — in addition to numerous outbuildings and caches — already reside for preservation purposes.
“We’re getting there,” Crawford said. “We’re making progress, but it’s a challenge trying to match what the old-timers did.” Continue reading