His name may be John, but he's a Jack of All Trades. People who grow up here in Coastal BC are a self-sufficient sort. Isolation is one factor, independence is another.
John learned to build float cabins by following traditional methods, seeking his father's advice, taking shop classes in high school, and building forts and mini-cabins as a kid with his brothers.
John built our cabin in Hole in the Wall from the waterline up. He got a cedar log float from a logging company, took it apart and rebuilt it better, stronger, not faster, but longer lasting. Sounds a bit like the creation of the bionic man doesn't it.
John called ours Cabin #3 because it was his third. He's currently finishing Cabin #5.
John continues to use his Jack of All Trades skills to help us maintain and upgrade our cabin home. As you can see, he's quite versatile:
- Installing a solar electrical system.
- Constructing a floating garden.
- Building a dock extension.
- Adding a wind generator.
- Constructing a floating wood shed.
- Making a cedar log raft for hauling stuff.
- Installing a wood stove wind cap.
- Adding a thermoelectric generator.
- Putting extra flotation barrels under the float.
- Constructing a bathroom and porch addition.
- Making custom furniture to fit small spaces.
- Installing new propane appliances.
- Replacing steel cable anchors to shore.