Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Conceptual Bent

Evening fellow barn builders-

I realize that this particular bent is neither within our time frame nor necessary for this building, but I spent some time trying to come up with a way to have four beams intersect at 90 degree angles on top of a single post tightly, and this was what I came up with. If the beams coming in from the top right and bottom left of the picture were put in place first, than the flat half of the butt end of the other two beams (the bottom, in their cases) would hold the tails tight against the pins, and the same in reverse. Just playing around with post and beam concepts. I think that what we will do is probably have the posts rise straight up to the ceiling, which allows us to simply have 4-way mortise and tenon attachments, with a 1/2 inch or so taken out of the post all the way around to give the beams a lip to rest on. Is there some glaring reason that my bent would not work or that my concept of what we should actually do is mistaken?

quasso regimen, carpe iter.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Favorite Pic of the Day

Today's favorite pic goes to Trey. Every bit of his closed off yet thoughtful posture screams quintessential Trey and I find this insight to be striking and hilarious.

Making a Tenon

Our project for the day was a bit of trial and error to see which sizes for the mortise and tenons fit best to make a solid brace. In the above shots we were working on perfecting the tenon.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hoof trimming

As should be clear by now, the whole purpose of the practical side of this barn project is to provide for better husbandry for the college's farm animals. Part of that is regular and proper care of hooves.

Here's Meredith and Ian tackling a couple of our sheep's hooves. Not an easy job to learn, hard on your back, but necessary unless you have very wild sheep that climb a lot of rock.