This past Saturday, February 18th, was the culmination of all the work, planning, and preparation that has gone into my new timber framed workshop as something like 25 friends and neighbors showed up for what was an old fashioned timber raising. It was an amazing experience to be a part of, as in one day, a seemingly random pile of posts and beams was transformed into a beautiful, solid, impressive structure with the potential to stand for hundreds of years.
Looking back over the whole process I find myself somewhat in awe of the fact that we were able to cut down a number of dead and dying ash trees just a few hundred yards from where the new shop is located, and make them over into the substantial structure there today.
That being said, for the most part things went pretty smoothly and the frame went together with out a lot of fussing. But the day did have it's moments. Timber frames are raised in sections known as bents, and the second bent of the day, which was almost 20 feet tall and 24 feet wide took all that we had as a group to get standing erect. I have a video I will share in a subsequent post but suffice it to say, it scared the hell out of me.
I'm feeling awfully lucky to have had such great help, and there are really too many people to mention, but special thanks have to go out to Deacon Stone, Eddie Austin, and the crew they brought from Coalfields Development.
I am also feeling lucky to have had Jordan Speigle working with me and guiding me through the cutting and erection of this frame. There just aren't a lot of folks out there with his skills, work ethic and attention to detail.
Lastly, and most importantly, I have to thank my wife Glenda who has had her life overwhelmed by the intensity of this project. I couldn't have done it without her.
A few photos of the day. There aren't a lot of action photos as the photographer was helping lift. Oh yeah, thanks for all the great shots Ric McDowell.
Jordan giving instructions