‘This is home’: Retired forester lives off grid in log cabin his father built

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1. Stacks of covered lumber, the large garden and a storage building are on Lee Stover’s property in Waldo. With the exception of the cabin, which was built by his father, Stover built all the structures from lumber he sawed on his sawmill.

To get to Lee Stover’s cabin in January, you have to walk half a mile or so into the woods, passing old gravel pits, towering white pines and freshly made animal tracks etched in the snow.

You know you are getting closer when the first building appears — a weathered wooden shed that shelters his red Massey Ferguson tractor. Then you spot the elaborate fence that guards the large garden plot, sleeping under its white winter blanket. Up a slight hill is his sawmill and the tall piles of new lumber seasoning in the fresh air.

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