After careful measurement, each tree was felled using a chainsaw.Only the straightest trees of sufficient length were selected. This one is yet to be de-barked.After felling the tree, the bark was removed like a banana peel.Peeling was a long tiring process.We used the slippery bark as a slide to haul the logs 600 meters from the jungle to the "road".The logs were then staged at the side of the "road" until all were ready for transport to the drying site.One at a time, each log was dragged another 500 meters to the drying site. Here, the local children lend a hand.Sometimes the logs required 6 or more strong men and women.But sometimes 8 children was enough to do the job!The first 7 logs make it to their new home for the next 10 weeks - the drying rack.Some of the logs were harvested from nearby Anaconda Island. These logs were floated rather than being dragged te 2 KM to the drying site.Three logs arrive near the drying site.While the adults took their midday break, the children learned some English. Here they played a game that involved counting in English while jumping from log to log.The last 6 logs were stacked on spacers above the first 7. This required some heavy lifting.Heating tar to seal the ends of the logs.If you don't seal them, they dry too fast and split at the ends (the one on the right had already started splitting).After the logs were set, construction of the roof could begin.A strong tin roof was erected to keep the logs dry and out of the sun for te next 10 weeks.Luckily, one of us is the son of a carpenter. Thanks for the straight roof, dad!Picked this ladder up at the Home Depot!Bamboo was cut at 18 foot lengths. "For what?" you ask? Keep scrolling.We carried 33 18-foot sections out of the jungle . . .piled them up . . .used machetes to make hundreds of slashes in them . . .chopped out the diaphragms . . . .OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand made floorboards!All the parts of a 30 X 15 foot raft - left to dry for the next 10 weeks.At the end of a hard week of work, it was hard to say good-bye (to the raft, not the chicken). But as they say in quechua, "Shupunjagama!"