Til' next time,
Hello hot and sweaty blog readers, is everyone staying hydrated this week? This heat made for good timing for us to be working inside (relatively speaking) on the cool concrete floor of the farm stand while we let the hand-crank crane do all of the heavy lifting for us. As you can see the timber frame sentinels are now standing watch over the farm after four days of assembling, tweaking, and reassembling. Once we got a system in place we started throwing beams up there left and right, but it was crazy like a beehive in there for a while as plumbers, HVAC, excavators, concrete pourers, and other sub-contractors were all buzzing around below us. It made for a good week of hard hat wearing and teamwork making sure those things made it up there safely, but now we're ready for the real crane to show up on Monday or Tuesday and make some trusses fly. We need to get the trusses out of the shop and up to the building site, which will be a job on its own, but then they'll get picked up by the crane one by one and carefully dropped into the brackets on top of the columns so they can be bolted into place and have a roof framed around them.
Here is an action shot of Dylan and Oscar nailing some temporary metal straps around the column so it won't go anywhere we don't want it to in the next few days. We have beautiful, black, powder-coated connecting brackets that will join all the beams and columns together eventually, but for now we just secured everything in place with boards and metal straps until we can drill out all the required holes for the giant bolts. Oscar by the way is the newest addition to our motley crew, and boy does Isaac know how to pick them. It's like the four of us have been working together since day one. He's a great worker, a super friendly guy...It's becoming harder and harder thinking about leaving the framing crew and returning to working with that other wonderful group of people out in the fields. How did I get stuck in the middle of so many great people? Anyways, I'm anticipating some awesome pictures next week as we fly the trusses in so make sure to stick around so you don't miss em'. Here's wishing for a nice and cool weekend!
Til' next time,
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