Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jeff's Barn Raising

This weekend is our friend Jeff's barn raising.
Dad left early this morning because he's the man in charge. Mom took us for walkies and left an hour later taking cookies with her. She did share one with us before she left! yeaaaaaaa

That's our dad in the red bandana.  They're preparing to raise the first bent.  A bent consists of 3 posts and a tie beam and hurricane braces.  
This is the director's chair that Jeff and his wife Marsha presented to our dad.  Dad never sits down at a raising but if he needs to, he has his very own personal chair!  He also has a voice that booms so we're not sure about the megaphone!
OOPS, the video should be before this photo because this picture shows that the first bent is already up.

This is bent #1 going up!
And this is bent #2 going up. 
See what we mean about our dads booming voice!
 This is bent #3 being shuffled into place.
There isn't enough room on the foundation to work with 4 bents all at once, so two are placed on the foundation and raised and the other two are off in the grass all built and ready to go and when they're needed, the timber framers carry them up on deck one at a time. 
There is also not enough room to lift these guys into their permanent home in one shot, so they are raised and then carefully shuffled into place
 Mom took a peak in Jeff and Marsha's family room at the clock that everyone was talking about.    Wow! What a cool clock!
 And check out this cake that timber framer, Katie made.   What a talented girl!  They aren't actually going to cut into that work of art, are they? 
 Mom did bring us a pressie.  A hat!   We were sorta hoping for edibles, mom!

 Tonight is the first barn pawty and this is the bottle that will be presented to Jeff and Marsha!
Barn raisings are a lot of fun!  We wish we could have gone to this one.  We hear that pizza is on the menu for tonight!

So until next time................

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


Sherry said...

The most wonderful thing is seeing all those people working together, having a great time, creating a building that will last.

Jazzi said... that was cool!! Yep, he does have a voicebox in him BOL

rottrover said...

Fascinating!! We've never seen anything like that except for that scene in the movie Witness. I can see why they might not want doggies helping out! Have a wonderful party; and thinks for sharing this with us, Maggie and Mitch!

Benny and Lily said...

Whoooaa this is awesome
Benny & Lily

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Barn raising IS a of fun, but a lot of work too. It must be nice to relax when all is done and have some pizza and wine AND cookies.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Sam said...

Wow, that was really cool. Your dad is very good at giving directions. Maybe you'll get some pizza later. I bet your mom's cookies were really good.

scotsmad said...

We love hearing about the barn raisings....and seeing the action was doubly fun.

Hope you got some pizza AND we know you'll be called on to go inspect the job to be sure it has been done correctly.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Kylie and Jimmy said...

Very cool! Pizza for dinner?! You guys sure are lucky! Don't forget to stop by our bloggy and get Jimmy's Birthday Bash Badge to be entered into our giveaway! :)
Licks & Puppy Kisses,
Kylie & Jimmy

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That really looks like fun!! Lots of work and everthing is done and then time to have pizza!!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

Sue said...

Wow your Dad is really good at that stuff. We liked the chair and megaphone idea. That cake is very beautiful and we wouldn't want to cut it either, but that makes it hard to eat it and we love cake.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Priscilla said...

That just looks like too much fun!!!
Your dad is so clever!

Thanks for coming and visiting Orah :)

Anita said...

What a great thing to get to do! Thanks for sharing the pictures and videos!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

This is so awsome that it gives me goose bumps to think of it.
We are always amazed this many people come together to help each other!

Enya said...

Big work - big party! Its a pity that we don't have such a tradition - it seems to be a great fun!

violett said...

This is again a very interesting contribution. Your father is a competent carpenter. His voice is perfect for stage directions. Great videos.
Unfortunately, Mom is better at translating the written and can be understood only after getting used to the slang language.
If it is in the States, she needs to understand a few more days to.

Penny and Patches said...

Wow! Our mom looooved the videos! Yes, your dad does have a booming voice! Our mom has one of those so there's no mistaking when we are getting yelled at! We are sure that if we lived in New England, many years ago, our dad would have wanted to be on your dad's team! BTW, somebody did a great job on the cake!

Penny & Patches

SissySees said...

Big fun!! We don't do barn raisings around here, and I've always thought that was a shame. Especially love the clock. I think I could sit and look at that all day.

Anonymous said...

Sooooo VERY COOL!!!

Mom says that she is thrilled to know that true Craftsmanship is still alive and well!

The clock is beautiful! Did Jeff make it?

woos, Tessa

Jake of Florida said...

That is so so cool. Whar a wonderful tradition of everyone getting together to help!

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

julandmatt said...

Wow Whee.....we just love the Internet. We learn stuff ;)
Thanks for showing this interesting venue of people helping others and getting together for others. Such a great community.
Your daddy does have a booming voice! I guess he practices with you guys..haha


Maggie Mae said...

People comin' together to help others is always a great thing! Jeff and Marsha are lucky to have such wunderful furiends. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Oh Sue this post is wonderful!!! I'll bet you are so proud of George!!!
xx, Tinker & Fern

Anonymous said...

You guys just have too much fun! Lots going on around your place. Pretty cakes, hats, barns....

Arooo! Stuart

snoopydog said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Maybe there'll be some pizza for you guys tonight ;-) Ros and Oscar

George the Lad said...

Oh I loved looking and hearing your dads voice on the videos, wow its takes alot of folks to help lift them bents up. Like your dad says good job.
I must get one of them chairs with George on that's so cool ;)
Love the header, Its a great idea from JD and Max.
Have a good week
See yea George xxx

Mango said...

Barn raisings are kind of magical, don't you think?

Mango Momma

Sally said...

What a great weekend you have.

Nice woooh

Thuglets said...

Wow..what a fabulous barn raising!

The cake was a work of art!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

p.s. Who are trying to catch up on all thats happened!

Stardust said...

I am so impressed with everything going on there! Really, nobody in Japan or Singapore does such things and it really is an eye-opener.

Oh dear, I really like your dad's chair and your friend's clock is really cool!!