Tim Cahill’s Log Cabin

Alfred who designed and built the “Little Red Cabin” discovered this great article in the Wall Street Journal and shared it with me. It is about Tim Cahill a writer who has traveled to 100 countries, riding on horseback across the steppes of Mongolia, hiking through remote villages in southeastern Turkey in search of the supposedly extinct Caspian Tiger, driving a truck from the tip of Patagonia to Alaska and going swimming in an ice hole on the North Pole.

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Tim than comes home and chronicles his adventures in a 500-square-foot cabin hidden in a thickly forested river canyon in southwest Montana. The cabin sits in this national forest on the edge of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, about an hour’s drive down gravel roads from the “big town” of Livingston.

Built in 1931 by a dude ranch hand, the Lincoln Log-esque cabin looks like it could have been plucked off of a movie set, so much so that Mr. Cahill’s 8-year-old niece asked if it was fake when she visited.

Hidden from the dirt road by deciduous trees, the cabin is barely big enough for the basics: a kitchen with a wood-burning Monarch stove and a dining nook, a living room with a pitched, wooden beam roof and a big stone fireplace, which warms the place up in about two hours in the winter, and a cramped bedroom that has an exposed sink, toilet and bathtub in one end (the outhouse is for the guest cabins).

Tim Cahill spends about 2 months out of the year at his cabin and loves tramping the woods and wilderness behind his cabin. To read the full article go to the Wall Street Journal.

Quotes from Alexandra Alter and Photography by Janie Osborne of the Wall Street Journal

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Josh - December 27, 2009 Reply

Beautiful little cabin. I wish all articles featured photography by a WSJ photographer! The wide angle interior shots really help give a feel of the coziness of the inside of this structure.

seth - December 27, 2009 Reply

Awesome pics! Love the one of Tim at the table.

alice - December 27, 2009 Reply

Sure looks like a comfy cozy place but what’s up with the chimney topper on this place? Is it some kind of downdraft deflector?

Wyoming Land - December 27, 2009 Reply

It’s funny that you in the end spoke up! I have been waiting for someone to bring this out to the open! Anyway… nice post. I will be back.

Bonnie - December 28, 2009 Reply

Tim Cahill is an excellent writer of true (often weird or wacky) adventures. And the cabin is darling.

Jared - December 28, 2009 Reply

The chimney topper is a “charlie noble” Its used on boats a lot to help induce draft on short stove pipes.

Benjamin - December 28, 2009 Reply

The top photo doesn’t seem to be the same cabin. It is a door, but the interior shots show the fireplace at one end of the cabin and a bedroom window at the other.

Barb - December 28, 2009 Reply

I agree with Benjamin, the photos left me a bit confused.

But what an awesome lifestyle! To experience so much adventure and then to be able to come home to such a cozy, warm, safe place to download all of that experience. It doesn’t get much better.

I too love the interior shots, especially Mr. Cahill at the table.

Kent Griswold - December 28, 2009 Reply

If you go to the article and look at all the pictures, there appears to be more than one cabin in the area and I think they may have included photos of other cabins, thus the confusion above…Kent

Cabin Room - January 14, 2010 Reply

Simply awesome style. I was just talking about how log cabin interiors can range from traditional old rustic to a more modern look used in log homes. This style I like most is just like Tim’s. Great work!

dou dou - February 8, 2012 Reply

This blog is making me want to build a tiny house and go live in the woods.

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