Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Everything I ever needed to know I learned on Sesame Street

Thought I would share the video that helped me figure out how to move some really big logs out of the woods. I watched this video and noticed the older man using horses to drag a big log. I don't have horses and the logs were to far off the trails to use the tractor but I have been called a jackass myself so I thought I'd give it a try. I was able to drag three big logs out of the woods. Something about having the weight distributed across the stick and all the tension on the rope makes it possible to lift one end and slide it relatively easily. Like so. I dragged the logs up hill, downhill and through a creek bed!

Anyway, enjoy the video and keep an eye out for the log dragging.


  1. Just wanted to say "Hi" I'm new here and excited about watching your progress! You're doing an amazing job and are very inspirational for those of us who would like to pull something like this off someday. Great work!

  2. Thanks Erin!
    I checked out your blog and it looks great. I'll be keeping an eye on your progress. Good luck and thanks again for the kind words.

  3. If you're still looking for info, and if videos are a good way to learn, this guy's story might be of interest. I love the idea of what you're doing. Good luck with it.




    (note: I got the video from my library--so I'm not trying to sell tapes or such, though if you buy one I guess the money goes to folks who worked to get Proenneke's story out to others, etc. Whatever.)

  4. I have watched our good friend John build his cabin almost single-handed. Having grown up in the city I never saw anyone use tools to such advantage. With a sturdy tree nearby he can move huge logs with his turfer (winch). When he had a saw mill set up on the cliff over the lake, he used one to lift logs up from the water to his waiting mill. Amazing. - Margy

  5. Just saw a segment of 'Alone in the Wilderness' on YouTube's list of similar clips, after the Sesame Street clip--so maybe you've already heard/seen the Proenneke story--but if not, that's another way to get at least a taste of it.


  6. Absolutely love the Dick Proenneke story! Thanks for the links, I always forget how to spell his name.

    Hi Margy
    Take some photos of your friend working on his cabin and post them on your blog. Your a great photographer, I'm sure he would love it.