Thursday, November 13, 2008

November 7-8, 2008
First Posts and Beams go up!

On Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, 2008 we had a wonderful time with Earl Martin, Emery Yoder, David and Esther Stenson, Jim Stauffer, and Marty & Karen Miller who volunteered two long days to help us raise the first posts and beams. And what makes this all the more amazing is that neither Linda nor I had met them until the night before. Others provided housing and delicious meals so we could focus on the work. A great community of folks.

Here is a 'before' picture, a few shots of the work, and an 'after' shot.

The deck early Friday morning: flat as a pancake.

Figuring placement of a post on the curve.

Jim chiseling a post.

Details of the fine joinery work.

The first wall (800-1000 pounds) goes up.

Lifting the cantilevered beam into place.

Earl, Emery and Bob discuss an issue with the beam.

Lunch time on Saturday. The work on the curve is where windows will be placed in our bedroom.

At the end of the day Saturday: Great framing work! (all the ugly angled pieces are temporary... holding the posts upright and square until the walls are filled in.)