construction to begin at Markland
16, 2011, 74 freshly cut Red Spruce logs were
delivered to Caribou Gold Mines by JD Irving Ltd.
Members of the
Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova
Scotia had been anticipating the delivery.
When the log truck rounded the bend of the road we
cheered, as this was the first step in the actual
construction of our log kiosk. During late August and
September society members gathered for log peeling work
parties. The chore seemed daunting as we approached the
pile of 20 foot logs, knowing time was of the essence,
as the longer the logs sat in the sun the harder they
would be to peel.
Drawknives, hatchets, lawn edgers and a small tool
called a log wizard were all used for log stripping. As
we peeled we entertained ourselves with stories and work
songs. One log at a time from each end of the pile was
peeled with 2 or 3 people to a log. We talked about the
Markland settlers and wondered if they would
have peeled the logs for their cabins. What tools would
they have used? As we do not have any documented proof
we decided that peeling might not have been an option
for them because of the time it would have taken and the
lack of proper tools.
is here and the logs have wintered well. On May 5th
a work party was held to remove the knots and prepare
the logs for building. Most of the logs are 8-12 inches
in diameter, which will make them easier to handle. Our
goal is to cut and notch the logs and construct the
kiosk on the site where the logs are piled in nearby
Caribou Gold Mines. We will then disassemble the kiosk
and transport it to our lot in Markland where it will be
re-erected. Site preparation has been completed on the
lot with the area grubbed, levelled and a load of gravel
spread for the base. Robert Dillman, local contractor,
completed this work in October.
Decker, prominent local woodsman with many years of
experience in the lumber industry was our guest speaker
at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on May 6th.
Henry told us of his log building experience, which goes
back more than 60 years. He shared valuable tips and
expertise. Henry has offered to provide consultation
throughout the building of the kiosk. Wade Prest, a
society member has offered to cut logs from his Markland
lots for the floor and roof of the kiosk. Wade will mill
them into planks at his sawmill in Mooseland. Wayne
Scott, an executive member of our Society has years of
experience in the construction industry and has been
researching and documenting log cabin construction from
the late 1800s. Wayne is our construction foreman.
Other members of the society have experience with log
cabin building and are eager to begin. Construction will
begin in early summer.
kiosk will be built as closely as possible to the
descriptions from our records and so we have been
gathering old hinges, latches and windows from the local
area used in the late1800s. We are excited about this
historical project and hopeful that it will be a lasting
and informative testimonial to the hardy and resilient
Icelandic settlers of Markland.
The Society gratefully accepts
donations toward the construction of the kiosk
wishes to thank all donors, members
and volunteers who have helped to make this project
Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova Scotia