Inspiring Photographs of Wilderness Cabins

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Inspiring photographs from the new book by Dale Mulfinger and Susan E. Davis from Taunton Press.
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San Juan Island cabin front porch.
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Watch Island cabin, mahogany windows.
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Exterior Watch Island cabin.
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Whidbey Island cabin kitchen interior.
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View from porch of east coast log cabin.
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Watch Island cabin
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Scandinavian-inspired cabin by architect Edwin Lundie.
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Front view of east coast log cabin.
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Frank Lloyd Wright cabin in Mirror Lake State Park in Wisconsin.
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Writer's cabin in the woods of upstate New York.
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Living room: Scandinavian-inspired cabin by architect Edwin Lundie.
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Sleeping loft: Owner-built, one-room log cabin located at Lake Superior.
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Owner-built, one-room log cabin located at Lake Superior.

Inspiring photographs of wilderness cabins from the new book by Taunton Press.

Back to Nature. Solitude. Escape. Intimacy.Self-sufficiency. Romance. Refuge. Resourcefulness. Nostalgia. These are the feelings these photographs of wilderness cabins evoke and they’re at the root of my passion for this elemental building form.

— Dale Mulfinger, architect cabinologist and co-author of  The Cabin

The shell for this cabin was a precut post-and-beam kit that was constructed by three people during a three-week vacation. The cabin sits on the shore of Washington’s Whidbey Island.

Featuring an outdoor fireplace, this open-air sleeping porch provides maximum contact with the outdoors and views of the surrounding San Juan Islands.

Recycled mahogany windows and six other species of wood create the rich paneling in the living room of this whimsical cabin on tiny Watch Island in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

The cabin sports solar panels, a wind generator and a composting toilet.

The front porch of this East Coast log cabin provides a 270-degree view of the surrounding marsh and wildlife.

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last works was this cabin, now open for overnight stays, in Mirror Lake State Park in Wisconsin.

This little writer’s cabin sits lightly in the woods of upstate New York. The porch posts are rot-resistant ash cut from standing dead trees on the property.

This Scandinavian inspired cabin by architect Edwin Lundie features a fireplace and foundation made from local granite and white pine mortise-and-tenon joinery.

This simple owner-built, one-room log cabin sits high above Lake Superior. Despite its modest size, the carefully planned room seems much bigger thanks to the loft and porch.

A ship’s ladder provides access to the sleeping loft over the main living area. When not in use, the ladder is stored the loft to free needed space.

Adapted with permission from The Cabin, published by Taunton Press. To order The Cabin, MOTHER’s Hideaway Cottage or Owner-Built A-Frame Plans, see pages 119 and 121 in this issue. Originally published as “The Cabin” February/March 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.