Day 9 was pure magic.
The crane arrived at 10:30 AM, and the final piece was lifted in to place shortly before 5 PM. Friends and family joined to watch the raising. The sense of pride, accomplishment, community, and teamwork as we watched the final piece get fitted in to place is impossible to describe.
Day 6 started off strong, but work was cut short when a storm rolled in.
Day 7 found the crew a bit behind schedule, but the power of Australian Timber Oil fumes helped everyone power through.
Day 8 was our last big push before the crane arrived for raising day.
We wrapped up day 8 with some down to the wire, after-dark timber oiling and celebratory drinks around Al's fire basket.
Some afternoon rain and design debates slowed progress a bit, but everyone is settling into a rhythm and the structure is starting to take shape.
More sun, more sweat, more celebratory end-of-work-day beer. Day 3 was good.
The weather heated up for day two of the workshop, but the team powered through the sun and sweat and made great progress.
One highlight was seeing the scarf joint (used to connect two "sticks" end to end) come together:
The day also included lots and lots of chiseling:
As well as some fun power tool action:
And plenty of measuring and discussion:
By the end of the day, we were able to see the joinery starting to come together, and the crew had more than earned their evening beer :)
Yesterday we kicked off our Timber Frame Workshop beneath sunny skies. With our team of experienced framers - Pat, Bob, Al, and Bruce - leading the way, we jumped right in to tasks like laying out and cutting our bents (cross sections of the structure) and wall plates, punching mortices (mortice and tenon joints are used to join timbers), and drilling peg holes. Already, a sense of community is developing amongst our crew, which includes seasoned framers and total novices, locals from down the road and out-of-towners from places like Wisconsin and New Jersey. We're excited to see what the next 8 days will hold!