Posts Tagged With: Country’s Best Cabins

A behind-the-scenes look at the makings of a magazine… and a cabin

One of the best parts of my job is speaking with fascinating people and learning interesting things as I gather materials for the articles I write, and I love chatting with sources to learn everything I can about whatever topic is at hand. For the December issue of Country’s Best Cabins magazine, which arrived on newsstands today, I wrote about a group of Dartmouth College students who dedicated a summer (and more) to rebuilding a treasured local cabin that was lost to a fire.

Along the way, they kept a blog detailing their progress, and I’ll be completely frank with you: it’s freakin’ hilarious. As I read through the entries in my office, I kept having to remember that other people around me were probably trying to work, because I literally had to stifle myself from laughing out loud! Wanna read it for yourself? Here’s the link.

In the article, I mentioned one instance where a member of the building crew took advantage of the time-lapse camera they had focused on the site to crawl across the logs and look like a worm in slow motion (compared with the frenzied sped-up actions of the rest of the crew). Check out the video and watch the logs on the left side starting at 1:45. I swear, these students remind me so much of my co-workers from college at the University of Maryland’s Outdoor Recreation Center. Good times, good times…

I wish we could have included a few more images and mentions of the crew’s hilarious misadventures in the article, but that’s what the Internet is for :). Here’s an exclusive look at a few more photos (courtesy of Lucas Schulz) that you won’t see in the magazine. Continue reading

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Outdoor spaces

This was originally published on on February, 26, 2010.

It’s cold here in Virginia! With the back-to-back blizzards a few weeks ago and some pretty bone-chilling temperatures and winds sticking around for the past few months, I’m definitely feeling the need to get some quality outdoors time, and I can’t wait for spring to get here. I imagine I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Fortunately, log-home building makes it easy to bring the outdoors in. As I write this, we’re in the middle of putting together the June issue of Country’s Best Log Homes, and it’s all about outdoor spaces. You might be surprised at all the options out there that can bridge the gap between inside and outside. Continue reading

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