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Monday, May 10, 2010

An American icon, Part 2

A couple of years ago, I wrote about Earl Shaffer and the project to preserve a trail shelter that he built, which at the time I had helped to disassemble; ultimately it was to be reassembled as an exhibit for the Appalachian Trail Museum.

Here's a picture from that previous post:

(That's me, helping to take it apart)

This past weekend, it was time to put it back together:

(Me again, helping with the restoration)

There were a few people working on this job. In fact, for this phase of the operation the guy who was in charge of it even managed to recruit a Northbound "thru" hiker to assist us, and he was very helpful indeed. Between us all we managed to get it done in a couple of days...Saturday and Sunday.

Here's the finished "product":

The Appalachian Trail Museum will be having its Grand Opening on National Trails Day, which will be on June 5th this year...


Blogger Pat's Rick© said...

Good on you, sir.

May 18, 2010 2:32 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Very cool! Good work!

May 18, 2010 6:46 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Well done, Camo! Was this put together with nails and such?

May 18, 2010 7:59 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

You are a fine photographer and a decent carpenter to boot! You is "da man"!

May 18, 2010 8:49 AM  
Blogger mig said...


May 18, 2010 8:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cool beans, and never heard of the AT Museum till your post, but the real "gem" is the trail its self, not some static display.

(btw went past your place on 76 and your back yard is quite a project.)

May 18, 2010 9:05 AM  
Blogger Just call me Shelly said...

Good for you. I'm sure they appreciated your dismantling expertise.! It is also great to hear from you again.

Happy trailing to you.

May 18, 2010 9:06 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Congratulations good sir! I hope you had better luck than I do. I find it much easier to take things apart than putting them back together again.


May 18, 2010 12:14 PM  
Blogger Darthmeister said...

Hope you aren't using those Mexican pre-bent nails to put that thing back together, camojack.

A quarter pound of C-4 would have done the trick ... but then again you'd have to Gorilla glue it back together again!

May 18, 2010 6:07 PM  
Blogger Nick - The Survival Guru said...

LOL! Pre-bent nails. Aren't they built that way at nobammy's suggestion.

Great pictues and what's going on. Are there new shelters built? The local Sierra club has built and maintained some on the Pacific Trail west of the Antelope Valley.

papanick / nickyj / angus ths scot

May 18, 2010 7:04 PM  
Blogger Nick - The Survival Guru said...

Camo, hello and post the tea party pictures I sent you of the Washington Tea Party.

That S>O>B> it the white house and Eric Holder are really losing it to Satan!!

Angus the scot/ papnick / nickyj

May 18, 2010 7:08 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Good work, Jack, as always. :-)

Darth..."Mexican pre-bent nails." Heh, heh, heh...

May 18, 2010 11:17 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Pat's Rick©:
I've spent many an enjoyable day on the A.T., this is just a small attempt to give something back.

This was a group effort, but thanks.

It was originally put together with nails and such, yes.

Actually, I took none of these pictures, but many of the ones appearing in previous posts were mine.

As for my carpentry...I manage. ;-)

It came out OK, yes. :-)

I'm not surprised that you'd never heard of the A.T. Museum, since it hasn't opened yet. Just a few weekends from now though, it will.

That backyard "project" is a sore point right now. :-(

There was a lot of assistance with the dismantling phase. Not so much with the reassembly, but enough.

Great to hear from you again, too.

As I'm fond of saying, any monkey with a wrench (or in this case, a pry bar) can take things apart. Putting them back together is a different proposition altogether.

We re-used some of the original nails where it shows; most places where it doesn't show are now held together with some long screws. As for their country of origin, that I do not know, but have had some experience with shoddy hardware made in China.

Nick - The Survival Guru:
There is indeed a new shelter a (short) stone's throw from where Earl Shaffer's shelter originally stood. The current structure is a palace in comparison.

Regarding the pictures of the Washington Tea Party, it certainly appears to have been QUITE well attended.

Well, you know, a thing worth doing is worth doing well...

May 19, 2010 1:37 AM  

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