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Old 07-31-2020, 11:33 PM   #451
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Your home is beautiful! Congrats to you and your wife.
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:54 PM   #452
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Beautiful country and an awesome home Bill. A lot of people dream but you are making it happen! Can't wait to see the finished product and to follow your hunts and outdoor adventures!
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:55 PM   #453
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Iím here Saturday staining circular sawn doug fir flooring boards to put up in vaulted ceiling. Weíre using 3 slightly different stain colors so it will have a random pattern.

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Old 08-01-2020, 04:13 PM   #454
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I forgot to say thanks. Thanks!

The bluebirds are here saying hello. I swear they follow us around the property, even when weíre driving out.

Theyíve had two hatches over the front door this summer, I donít see them bringing grasshoppers or hear the little ones- theyíre outta the nest.

Weíll close up that nook when we do the soffits there, but Iím planning to build several bluebird cedar houses for next yearís return.




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Old 08-01-2020, 07:22 PM   #455
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I keep coming back to this thread....... amazing Bill. Absolutely amazing.


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Old 08-02-2020, 07:29 PM   #456
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Itís August and 96 degrees.

Fire in the Tobacco Roots from a lightening strike last night. US Forest Service has a fire team up there.






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Old 08-03-2020, 08:22 PM   #457
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Off to Bozeman, aka BozeAngeles for more stain, bath vanity sink and electrical trim. Iím getting used to living in the country when the traffic in a city of 50k is annoying!

Shakes were finished on north side of house.



Mantle and corbels installed on fireplace. Montana sandstone.



Hard to see, but late afternoon the solo pronghorn buck was hanging around. I learn in a few days if I drew this zone speedgoat tag.



Hereís where his, and an elkís mounts will go. Double front doors from old growth reclaimed white oak replacing the temp door.




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Old 08-03-2020, 08:35 PM   #458
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Bill, if you need some antler lighting for that beautiful home, look up my brother at 4 corners on the way to Bozeman. Fish's Antler Art, he will take care of you, tell him brother Daniel sent you!
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:37 PM   #459
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He sure has some beautiful work on his web site. I drove thru 4 Corners twice today. Itís the first, and last part of the Bozeman Ďmetroplexí coming or leaving on Norris Rd into the country.




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Old 08-04-2020, 05:53 AM   #460
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I once rode my Suzuki 185cc at 4 am with my longbow strapped on my back from Bozeman to Ennis to meet my brother to bowhunt antelope. It was freezing and I had on some cheap coveralls, I remember praying that little wore out motorcycle would make it. Have some great memories from living there! Plenty of frozen river crossings on the Gallatin in blue jeans, hunting with frozen pants and feet.
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Old 08-05-2020, 07:55 PM   #461
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Beartrap canyon can get cold over the Madison river. BTW itís a no powerboat area on the river. I got to train piloting in the search and rescue jet boat in June. That was fun flying through the curves.


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Old 08-05-2020, 08:40 PM   #462
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The Beartrap area is nice, have a few stories from there!
One quick one, my brother and I were running around up there with our bows looking for deer. We separated and took different trails and were going to meet up again on top. A little while later I hear him yell, I'm thinking maybe he fell or something. So I work my way over to where I heard him and he is chasing bunnies with his bow. I asked, "what the heck were you yelling for, you alright? He says oh yeah, a black bear was walking down the trail towards him and he hid in the bushes and when it got close he jumped out and yelled to scare the crap out of the thing. We had a few good laughs at that one. He is a little nuts.
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Old 08-05-2020, 11:48 PM   #463
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The Beartrap area is nice, have a few stories from there!
One quick one, my brother and I were running around up there with our bows looking for deer. We separated and took different trails and were going to meet up again on top. A little while later I hear him yell, I'm thinking maybe he fell or something. So I work my way over to where I heard him and he is chasing bunnies with his bow. I asked, "what the heck were you yelling for, you alright? He says oh yeah, a black bear was walking down the trail towards him and he hid in the bushes and when it got close he jumped out and yelled to scare the crap out of the thing. We had a few good laughs at that one. He is a little nuts.
Ha! Sounds like it!!!


Bill, for the first time in 6 or 7 years, we will most likely not make it up there this year, so...have to postpone our meeting; dangit. My wife does not want us to fly during this pandemic.
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Old 08-06-2020, 08:52 AM   #464
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Thatís too bad. I was going to say ďdriveĒ but itís over 1,500 miles north.


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Old 08-08-2020, 01:58 PM   #465
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The fire in the Tobacco Roots is contained. Fire fighters from the US Forest Service did a great job in some really tough steep areas.



North side of the house is finishing up. The deck comes later.



East side under porch.



Working on finishing up staining the circular sawn doug fir tongue and groove flooring to go on ceiling in the living room. 3 darker colors plus a lighter oak which will be in a random pattern.



I didnít draw a speed goat tag- that buck on the property will be laughing at me!



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Old 08-08-2020, 05:25 PM   #466
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Maybe you'll get a crack at him next year.


Place is looking great sir.
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:23 AM   #467
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Old 08-10-2020, 01:23 PM   #468
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I finally got it right.
Fan speed controllers are a whole technology unto themselves. After buying which didnít work correctly, Leviton tech support steered me to another product.

Now- from barely spinning when sleeping to full-tilt the fan will blow warm air into the bedroom from the fireplace opposite in the living room.






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Old 08-10-2020, 01:48 PM   #469
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I finally got it right.
Fan speed controllers are a whole technology unto themselves. After buying which didnít work correctly, Leviton tech support steered me to another product.

Now- from barely spinning when sleeping to full-tilt the fan will blow warm air into the bedroom from the fireplace opposite in the living room.

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Old 08-12-2020, 08:15 PM   #470
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The fireplace mantle went in today. 91k btu, I hope to heat with it. Ordered 4 cords of cut wood today.



We decided not to stain the pine interior on the windows. We could not get pine the color we wanted after weeks of trying different stains and application techniques. So we decided to match the exterior anodized bronze on the inside. First coat on the kitchen windows- we like it. Weíll have a cinnamon alder trim around them.




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Old 08-12-2020, 09:20 PM   #471
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Sure is fun Bill following along as y'all's dream unfolds before your eyes! Thanks for taking the time to chronicle this!
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Old Yesterday, 02:51 PM   #472
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Glad youíre enjoying it.

Sept 5 is archery elk and deer opener here. Iíll be hunting solo- I need a partner. The Ďproblemí is there are so many different places I can hunt within a few miles drive- picking one.


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Old Today, 10:30 AM   #474
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My wife took an action picture. The paint looks good brushing on. We took the big doors down to paint Ďbehindí them, and are painting on sawhorses. Iím praying the weatherman is right about no rain the the forecast for the next few days.

It was 38 degrees early this morning. Time for hunting Montana elk!




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Old Today, 11:17 AM   #475
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The place is looking great! Iíd be lying if I said I wasnít a little jealous!
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