Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sam and Dale's slideshow



This is the slide show that Sam and Dale put together for the breakfast last Monday.

This will be the last post until the weather improves and the snow melts a bit. We will finish up the last few items as soon as we can.

In the meantime, thanks everyone for all the hard work, and have a nice holiday vacation.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009












More lumber arrived and it brought the snow with it. It's getting colder every day but the finishing the barn is in sight. With a little more work and dedication the final outcome will be worth it. And we will be able to look back and be proud at what we have accomplished.



Sunday, December 6, 2009

Roof on, dude!



After a frustrating and relatively inactive week in which wet weather flooded our toolroom twice, dampening spirits and rusting tools, the skies cleared Thursday afternoon, and we had a kind of last minute, almost-the-end-of-the-semester rally.

In less than two full day's work we completed the remaining half-a-barn's rafters, all purlins, and 85% of our metal roofing.

There remains, at the time of writing this, just three or four sheets of roof to fit.

And none too soon, either. Just a few hours after I got done picking up around the job site after two day's hard grind, we got a mini-nor'easter and it snowed pretty good.

I don't know what the weather is doing in Unity, but here in Jackson, Maine, we have eight inches of heavy fresh snow, and the town's snowplow just tried to drive across my lawn, taking out a significant chunk of my best grass for sheep!

I guess we have a new driver who doesn't know where the road is. Oh well. Grass grows back and this is a farm, not a suburban tract house.

It can snow as much as it wants now. I don't care.

The roof is on.



Friday, December 4, 2009

Deadeye Dierdre and other characters

I left my camera on the workbench and students started taking random pictures, some of which came out quite well.