Images from David Murnion and Jacqueline Mercenier's home in the Little Snowy Mountains near Lewistown.
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Jacqueline Mercenier lights a kerosene lamp in the cabin she shares with her husband, David Murnion, in the foothills of the Little Snowy Mountains on benchland between the north and south forks of Flatwillow Creek. They live at the cabin without electricity or running water.
In early October, Murnion collects pine branches to make a sample wreath to show prospective buyers.
Light from kerosene lamps shows through the window of the hand-hewn log cabin that Murnion built without using power tools. Since 1976, Murnion has spent all but six winters at the cabin.
A wreath left over from last year hangs on the door of the workshop that Murnion built next to his cabin.
Colorful postcards decorate the beams of David Murnion and Jacqueline Mercenier's cabin in the Little Snowy Mountains.
Jacqueline Mercenier serves up tomato soup cooked over a wood stove in the cabin.
David Murnion and Jacqueline Mercenier laugh as they fix dinner.
Mercenier touches up a painting in her studio. The loft includes a massage table for reiki, a Japanese form of alternative medicine that relies on healing touch. Murnion built the studio over the course of 2-1/2 summers using wood from a homestead cabin that was about to be demolished.
David Murnion works by his shed, chopping boughs off pine branches to make Christmas wreaths. He sells the decorated wreaths wholesale to Christmas tree lots in Billings and elsewhere.