Along the road leading south from the Lodge there are six staff cabins and the Energy Healing Cabin. Tim Cooley's Cabin is the tallest cabin and the only one on the east side of the road. It's the tallest because Tim wanted a cabin with a sleeping loft in which he could stand up.
In the year it was built, Easton Mountain held a retreat on community living. A small group of men came for that retreat, which had discussions about what it was like to live in community. I wasn't yet a resident of Easton Mountain at that time, but I was definitely interested in living in some type of spiritual community. Part of that retreat was spending an afternoon working on Tim's cabin. The foundation had been put in place and the floor constructed.
We spent the day framing one of the walls. Tim's cabin is the only staff cabin with timber-frame construction – the way most houses are built today, by creating the frame for each wall on the ground, raising it to verticle, attaching it to other frames, and only then putting the roof timbers up. All the other cabins were constructed with pole-barn construction, whereby four posts are set into the ground with cement, timber for the floor is attached to the posts, next the roof is put on, and finally the frames for the walls are constructed between the posts.
Hugh Russell, an architect from Boston who later served for six years as the chairman of Easton Mountain's board, had made some rough diagrams that guided us in creating the frame – though I later learned that what we did had to be modified before it could be used.
John Stasio, Easton Mountain's founder and the leader of this retreat, supervised our work. He brought a large bell to the site – one that was sounded by striking it with a small mallet. His instructions were that if there was a lot of tension developing in the group, someone should ring the bell and we would then have a minute of silence. I remember ringing the bell twice.
The pictures that accompany this post are from a later stage in the construction of the cabin, but they do show the framing of the walls mentioned above.
If you have construction skills and are interested in volunteering with construction projects at Easton Mountain check out the volunteer section of our website.