The morning after sleeping in our new bedroom for the first time. Looking forward to the next 40+ years waking up in this (left) spot.
Every year Backwoods Solar has a photo contest for their upcoming catalog cover. I took this picture a couple of months ago now it graces the cover of the Backwoods Solar 2014 catalog.
It arrived in the mail about a week ago.
For those who don't know, Backwoods Solar catalog is the premiere off grid catalog. Before taking the plunge, I spent many mornings sitting quietly next to the wood stove sifting through the pages as I planned. Remember, this is for off-grid only.
These people know their stuff too. Nearly everyone at Backwoods lives off-grid so when you call with questions, they're answering with first hand knowledge. That's valuable!
The original Photo:
It’s official. My neighbor Sam kicked off the 2013 sugaring season yesterday in his newly timber framed sugar shack. Nestled slightly in the woods and perched on high ground, the new sugar shack is built in the heart of Shack Valley.
Just a few thousand feet up the road our neighbor Sam is building a new sugar shack for his ever-growing maple syrup business. Earlier this week I drove my tractor up the road to help him lift the last timber frame bent.
With sugaring season right around the corner, the pressure is on to finish. The evaporator could potentially be up and running as soon as mid February if the Red Maples decide to run early. Maybe the front wall will be missing and some of the sections of metal roofing will still be on the ground, but the chimney will be through the finished roof and the sap will be in a roiling boil.
Projects like this are my favorite…i.e. when they’re not mine. All the glory and none of the responsibility. Perfect.
I’ll keep everyone posted with new photos soon. Until then, here are some photos of the old Sugar Shack.