“Adding Another Pole”


A traditional woodsman adds a pole-rafter to a lean-to shelter.

A wild cherry limb grew straight out, offering a living ridge pole for a lean-to shelter. Nearby dead cedar trees made stiff rafters for what would one day be called, “The Duck Camp.” Deep in the Old Northwest Territory, east of the River Raisin, early October in the Year of our Lord, 1792…

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