On Memorial day, dad and Uncle Bill built one of the barn's bents - a bent is a tie beam with 2 posts at either end of the tie beam and 2 hurricane braces, used to hold the timber frame square and plumb.
Wednesday morning, we went to the Crump barn site and we found the bent sitting in water that had collected on the deck from a short storm that we had the afternoon before.
The metal rods on the deck are pieces of staging that still need to be built.
We have had some very good help in the past couple of days and the staging has been built ( the staging will be used to lift the first 2-3 bents.) This barn is a restoration barn and it's a little bit more tricky to raise than a brand new timber frame. You basically have to marry antique timbers that have been restored to as good as new to brand new timbers that needed to be used because the original is too far gone to use any longer. Dad's figuring and math needs to be spot on!
So here we are - the first bent is up! whoooooooohoooooooo
The antique timbers are white oak and are VERY heavy and the staging needed two counterweights while the bent was being lifted with chain falls.
These heavy rocks worked out very well!
The first bent is completed and it's time to build and rig the second bent and get it ready to go up!
Guess who are little visitors are?
Two barn swallows who were probably born on this property in the barn that was dismantled and they're anxiously awaiting this barn frame to be built so they can take up residence!
Remember when Noah's pinkies were here and Putter's mom was here a couple of weeks ago and they had wine and dindin at Gouveia Vineyards?
We go by the vineyard every single day and each time we pass by, the hoomans are reminded of the fun times they had with their special guests!