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Furman University Thoreau Cabin Purchase

New England Nests was originally contacted in the beginning of July of 2008 by Dr. Frank Powell of Furman University in Greenville, SC. Dr. Powell discussed the possibility of a three week course which involved the construction of a Thoreau Cabin provided by NE NESTS of Ashburnham, MA. This would be generously funded by Mr. Richard Robb a friend of Furman. The following was mentioned in a Furman Press Release at the end of May 2008:

“The idea for the course was born when Richard Robb of Boca Grande, Fla., said he wanted to donate funds to Furman in honor of his love for Thoreau’s ideas and his appreciation of Furman president David Shi’s book, The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture”.

The project was then handed over to Scot Sherman, the Director of Campus Planning and Grounds, at the beginning of October 2008. NE NESTS worked with Scot and Elcainey Baker the construction manager to make this “idea” a reality. The order was officially placed in mid February of 2009. On Monday, May 18th 2009 at 8:00AM the NE Nests truck was at Furman University in Greenville, SC to start the construction.

View Slide Show of the project

Read the article from the Furman Alumni and Friends Summer 2009 (pdf)

"The Simple Cabin by the Lake"
(article from Engage magazine, a publication of the Office of Admission, Volume 5, Issue 3)

Furman University website

Cutting the frame
Stock
Making a mortise
Layout
Cutting mortises
To Furman University
Cut pieces
Students carrying a girt
Students at work
Students lifting a wall
The frame is up!
From inside
Finished
The Cabin is finished with natural Northern White Cedar shingles on the walls and roof. The trim is all rough sawn white pine.

View Slide Show of the project.

Read the article from the Furman Alumni and Friends Summer 2009 (pdf)

"The Simple Cabin by the Lake"
(article from Engage magazine, a publication of the Office of Admission, Volume 5, Issue 3)

Furman University website

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