[Diggers350] Log cabin builder Dick Proenneke film: Alone in the Wilderness (2003)

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Dec 22 00:36:20 GMT 2021

How to build a log cabin in a season which will last a lifetime or 
more, using only hand tools and minimal provisions.
SHORT VERSION YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG3fUIoXQ5A 
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There were 4 one hour videos produced on Dick Proennekes life up at 
Twin Lakes. Dick Proenneke in "Alone in the Wilderness" is the story 
of Dick Proenneke living in the Alaska wilderness. Dick filmed his 
adventures so he could show his relatives in the lower 48 states what 
life was like in Alaska, building his cabin, hunting for food and 
exploring the area. Bob Swerer has taken the best footage from Dick's 
films and he has created 4 videos about Dick, "Alone in the 
Wilderness", "Alone in the Wilderness part 2", "Alaska, Silence and 
Solitude" and "The Frozen North". You can purchase all of them in DVD 
format from the www.DickProenneke.com website.

Proenneke's Cabin


Richard L. Proenneke's cabin at Upper Twin Lake stands out for the 
remarkable craftsmanship that reflects his unshakable wilderness 
ethic. He built the cabin using only hand tools, many of which he 
fashioned himself.
Richard Proenneke built his cabin during the summers of 1967 and 1968 
using mostly local materials and simple hand held tools. For many of 
these, he brought in steel parts and made the handles with local 
wood. When tools broke, he chose to repair them, rather than to buy 
new replacements. While his cabin is neither the first nor the 
largest ever built in the Alaskan Bush, it does stand out for his 
remarkable craftsmanship in building it, and the fact that he filmed 
the entire construction process.


The cabin is a roughly 12-foot by 16-foot structure built of peeled, 
round spruce logs, carefully saddle notched at the corners. It has a 
gable roof made of spruce poles, covered by sod and moss.There are 
three windows. One on the west side, 23 inches by 14 inches, is a 
single thin plastic panel. The other western window, also thin 
plastic, is the largest in the cabin, measuring 26-inches by 
30-inches. Along the east wall is a 26-inch by 15-inch window. The 
handmade Dutch door includes beautifully worked wooden hinges and a 
wooden lock. A beach stone fireplace rises from the south wall.
Proenneke had originally covered his cabin and woodshed-outhouse with 
moss that he obtained within 25 yards of his site. However, moss 
requires a great deal of moisture to sustain itself on a roof and the 
relatively dry Twin Lakes environment was not conducive to that. Over 
thirty years Proenneke added more moss, dirt, and grass seed to his 
roof resulting in a thin amalgamated mat of all three components.
In keeping with his wilderness values, Proenneke lived in this cabin 
for 30 years without electricity, running water, a telephone, or 
other modern conveniences.


The log cache, or raised storage shed, is located eleven feet south 
of the cabin. It is 6-feet by 4-feet, built of peeled locally 
harvested spruce logs that are saddle notched. The cache sits on 
9-foot poles. Proenneke accessed the cache with a ladder he hand 
crafted using local materials.
Traditional Athabascan caches in the region sit on much shorter 
poles, but they are typically located in busy villages where the 
activity of people and dogs help to keep wildlife away. Knowing that 
he would be alone in the wilderness, Proenneke chose to build his 
cache on taller poles to help decrease the odds of a bear breaking 
in. The tin wrapped around the poles is designed to prevent smaller 
rodents from climbing all the way to the top.

Woodshed / Outhouse
Proenneke located his combined woodshed/outhouse approximately 45 
feet east of the cabin. It is made of peeled locally harvested spruce 
poles, saddle notched at the south end and nailed to corner posts at 
the north end. The structure is modeled along the lines of an 
Adirondack shelter, with a slanting shed roof. Proenneke stored many 
of his tools, along with the wood pile he never let dwindle too low, 
in this shed.
The eastern third of the shed contains a 33-inch wide outhouse 
complete with a half-moon carved through the door.

The cabin and outbuildings were listed on the National Register of 
Historic Places in 2007. The site is recognized nationally for its 
stature as an excellent and well-known example of an Alaskan bush log 
cabin. It is also recognized for Richard Proenneke's voice in the 
preservation of wilderness in Alaska. Proenneke's interests, talents, 
and circumstances made him influential in shaping and educating the 
public about the wisdom of conservation of our natural world.

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