Wood chopping is to backcountry skiing as a Chevy mud bogger is to a Porsche Cayenne. Clothes that work well for human powered backcountry are sensitive to slash fires the size of nuclear bomb tests, hot chain saw mufflers and bar oil. Thus, Lou and I have always worn wool and cotton lumbering outfits. Carhartt is the gold standard when it comes to such. So with our port-a-hut wood sheds and camp fires as the perfect test bed (prep for winter!) — time for a Carhartt review.
While we’ve used Carhartt for years, they recently came up with a new line. Carhartt’s lightweight durable Quick Duck outerwear is made with a 9-ounce, 60 percent cotton/40 percent polyester blend and a durable water repellent (DWR) finish making it 30 percent lighter than Carhartt’s traditional cotton sandstone, while water repellent — a first in Carhartt’s 123 year history.
So there you go, traditional Carhartt work wear is the standard of the industry, and now we have a specific clothing line that’s a bit more on the comfortable style side of things. Take your pick. We can see the usefulness of this lighter weight choice, but we’re also still fans of the traditional beefy Carhartt garments. Downsides? Not much. A bit pricy for work wear (especially compared to hand-me-downs), but the ‘Hartt does last ten times longer than that stuff.
Shop for Carhartt at Altrec, they appear to have a fairly complete line.
Lou says we need a few bonus shots of woodshed construction (he’s afraid of fluff-post accusations!). According to Mr. Carpenter, the idea for this structure was a take on the classic pole barn. Money was saved by using aspen logs for the roof beams, but he opted for the beefy landscape timber posts since the shed is on a small hillside and we might need to reinforce or add knee braces to the the posts to hold against snow creep. The roof tin is recycled from having our garage re-roofed last summer. Funny story about that: Years ago when we bought our house, we discovered that the corrugated steel roofing on the garage was nailed through the valleys of the corrugations, rather than on top of the ribs. This resulted in massive leakage every time it rained. We didn’t have the money back then to replace the roof so we spent hours hanging from a climbing harness, smearing silicone caulk on each nail head. A few buckets in the attic completed the picture, though during heavy downpours a drip would always appear somewhere.
When we discovered the weird roofing install, we wondered how anyone could be that mentally challenged. The explanation occurred later, when we found out the former owners of the house had taken their sale money, started a pot farm not far away, and were subsequently busted. Apparently they’d been sampling product for their first seed purchase when they nailed down the garage roof.