Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Workshop at Crump's Barn Site

Hi everyone! It's me, Mitch!
I got to attend a workshop that dad had over at Crump's barn site today! Mom and dad have been working very hard getting beams washed and preserved and also making new timbers. The work is getting done slowly but surely!

You all know that the foundation is in. Lumber has been delivered for the floor joists and pine boards have been delivered for the siding and the roofing and the flooring. Garage doors have been installed and electricity and water has been put in and things are moving along very nicely!

Dad had lots of his timber frame friends come today and give him a hand with lots of work. Dad is a great motivator and he's telling his group lots of history of the property and of the barn that will be raised on this site next July. He also had lots of morning snacks and I kept my eye on that HUGE bag of apples!This is a history board that dad and Uncle Phil whipped together yesterday while they were getting set up for today. If you want to read it, we're pretty sure it will bigify for you. This beam is 40 feet long and it's been stored inside the foundation for awhile now and today it's going to be carried outside and mom and some of the other ladies are going to help her wash it.
This timber is white oak and it's VERY heavy! It took all of these people to carry it! There are four 40' timbers that need to be washed today! Two of them are chestnut and the other 2 are white oak. These timbers are almost 200 years old!And here they are all scrubbed and hosed off and clean! Good job, mom! You and Aunt Brenda and Aunt Diane and Aunt Jean did a marvelous job! Dad will be very pleased with your efforts!
Remember that HUGE bag of apples? Yup, I got one of them!
And see that stack of lumber behind me?
The whole thingl got moved inside the foundation nice and neat! It sure smells good with all of that pine wood inside!
hummmmmmmm, I see the crew had pizza when mom and I left at noon to go home to see about Maggie and to take her out to do business! What a shame that we missed it, mom!
See that pretty girl that's planing a floor joist? That's Victoria! She's the artist that painted the painting of me and Maggie that's way up at the top of our sidebar! She was a big help today! Thank you, Victoria! That man standing right next to Victoria is her dad, John!We had an awesome day today! The weather was just perfect and we had so much good help from all of our timber frame brothers and sisters! Thank you all so very much!
We'll be back there again tomorrow! I sure hope I can be there too and mom said depending on what her job will be, maybe Maggie can come along too!So until next time.................

Love ya lots,

Yer friend, Mitch


  1. Oh my oh my, it's time for me to stop being homeless, there is a nice package at home addressed to me, Mango the Matese kiddo, no one else!
    I can't wait to open it up, thanks a bunch Maggie and Mitch, I'm so excited that I try to kiss the mailman but he's just running away from me.
    Please hug and kiss your pawrents for me, you guys need some more helping paws overthere?

  2. Mitch,

    I enjoyed reading about your adventures with Mom and Dad.

    Blessings, andrea

  3. Mitch,

    We so love it when we get to go to a barn raising with you.

    Piper, Carrleigh and Java

  4. Hi, Mitch!
    Sure you had a pawesome day with your Dad and all your friends helping!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Kisses and hugs

  5. Awesome Experience. Hmmmm...Now, what did you have for SUPPER? Those community barn things usually have lots of food at the end of the day. Here, it is likely to be Barbeque, what is it there?


  6. Mom and I got worn out just THINKING of how much that beam must weigh!

    Tank woo fur sharing your pawesome day!

    That was pretty inkhredible!


  7. Very cool to be working somewhere with so much history. Nothing like old beams -- you can't get wood like that anymore.

  8. What a great way to spend what looks like a beautiful fall day! I can almost smell the pine from here!!

    Brutus the Frenchie

  9. Thank you for sharing the story about how the barn is coming along. The barn will be so happy to be put back together again -
    It will be so beautiful. It is so nice when friends come to help. They all must love the barn too.
    We can't wait until next July.
    If the barn could talk,,,,
    what would it say?
    I am happy you got your apple!

  10. What a beautiful day you had and I'm sure you were a big help to everyone.

    I admire that painting all the time. Victoria is a very talented lady

  11. WOW! This has to be one of the coolest posts we've ever read! No kidding! Honest! For reals!!!! We learned a ton! And we got really excited about the process. And we wished we coulda been there to help! Everything about it was amazing!! Including the huge bag of apples and the beautiful sky at the end!

    Great work, you all! We can hardly wait to see what comes next!

    Love ya,
    Jake and Fergi and our people, too!

  12. Wow Mitch, you and Mommy had a great adventure. You got a whole apple. I adore apples, but I only get slices. Maybe it is the mouth size difference. I might look like you, but I am a bit smaller. Let me know what you did to get a whole apple.
    Sally Ann

  13. That's one big stick they are carrying around. Good on ya, pinkies! well done, Mitch for supervising the mob. Shame about the pizza though...

  14. Hi Mitch,

    That was so interesting! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Wow what a big project and we can't wait to see it when you are all done.

    You guys sure have a lot of nice friends! Poor Maggie, give her a kiss for us!

    Riley and Star.

  15. Hey M&M,
    Cool post. Dad says tat in a lot of state he was stationed in while in the Navy, his kids had to take state history. When they aske dhim if he took masscahusetts history in school he told them, "Kind of, but it was called American History." The barn story is very interesting and we're sure you'll cover it when it get rebuilt. It wouldn't have been an M&M post without one of youse guys eating something; your record id intact.
    - TBH&K

  16. oh my gosh m & m!

    what a magical day you all had!

    thank you so much for sharing it!

    you are a special family!

    m & e

  17. How lovely to see humans all working together as a team to complete their task.
    To think that George Washington himself passed by that way is awesome.
    We wonder if he ever thought there would be a great canine team supervising work there one day!!!
    Good work.
    Martha & Bailey xxxx

  18. What a great day you had, Mitch! Sorry you missed the pizza, but I bet that apple was waaaaay yummy!

    It's hard to believe that boards can be 40 feet long and not all warped and curved! Our mom wishes she could see the barn site and all the cool beams. She loooooves old buildings and we don't have very many around here.

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  19. What a wonderful thing for you to help your Dad with such a huge project. That apple was a sweet reward.:)

    Teddy Bear

  20. That beam was HUGE! Huh!

    What fun your dad had being able to cut up wood and put it back together again to make something pretty.


  21. I think all the barn stuff is so fascinating. You are such a great helper too. I bet that pine smell was pawsome too! Very cool!

  22. Hey there Mitch
    Thank you for sharing that with us. It is really fantastic to see so many helpful people clubbing in together to do a job for someone else. The 'raising of a barn' has always seemed such a 'romantic' idea to us...with so many helping hands and all the comeradie.
    Congratulations to everyone involved and we are looking forward to the final result (mmm...Is a barn being raised?)

  23. hi all
    Sure you had a pawesome day with your Dad and all your friends helping!

  24. Hay all,
    Great job, helping out friends! You all did real good! Thanks for your visit and come again soon. Your visits mean so much to us....
    Love you lots, Bambi and her Mom

  25. Looks like that was a lot of work Mitch. I'm glad you got an apple for your efforts.

    Your friend,

  26. Mitch that is awesome..very cool info from the job site. You must have been supervising since we did not notice your tool belt.
    Benny & lily

  27. You did all that work and no one saved you a slice of pizza!?!? Unbelievable!
    You did an awesome job, Mitch; I'm sure the bipeds wouldn't have gotten half of those things done without you!
    Tail wags,

  28. Hi Mitch!
    What a pawsome day you had! Great job helping your mom and dad with that huge project! Thanks for sharing with us.


  29. They're lucky to have had you to help with that pizza :)


  30. You're such a good helper, Mitch!

  31. Mitch,
    Your post was so interesting! Thanks for taking on your journey! Those apples do look yummy. I 'm so glad you got to eat one!!

  32. Your dad sure has a lot of helpful friends! Glad you got an apple!

  33. Hi M & M,

    all that work-glad you're there to supervise. How are they going to have pizza w/o ya? that's just not right.

    the barns looking good!


  34. what a wonderful project for a beautiful fall day - we're so glad you were able to be part of it Mitch - and the apples look good too.
    Abby & Rosie

  35. You get to do the coolest stuff with your Dad!!

  36. I always love it when you take us with you on the barn building, wood piling, snackies on the tables, pizza boxes....I so want to be there!
    Thank you....

  37. What a great project! We love when everyone pitches in, and that's a lot of folks there carrying that 40ft beam! Some great help going on there. Can't wait for an update! How was that apple?

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  38. You are a great helper Mitch, it looks like everyone is very busy there.

    Glad you got your apple..hehe

    Holly & Zac. :-)

  39. What a great time you all had. It sure is nice when everyone gets together to help... We can't wait to see it finished..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  40. that was some pawsome dogervising you did Mitch - what would they do without you!!!!

  41. That was so interesting - we really enjoyed reading about all the work involved in the barn raising. A great post.

    take care

  42. what a great day! so much history... and so much PIZZA!

  43. What a great day that was!!! It must be wonderful to have so many peeps come together to work on a project together.

    Hope Maggie can come along the next time, maybe she can help you snag a piece of pizza.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  44. your dad has really nice handwriting Mitch! and we are so happy you were able to have an apple.. I bet Maggie was envious when she found out how much fun you had!

    we cant wait to see the barn completed!

    drooly kisses,


  45. M&M.....what a fun time...what did your apple taste like? I've never had kinda looked like a ball! Does an apple roll like a ball!

    Sorry you didn't get pizza....I'm sure the smell coming from the boxes was wonderful!



  46. Hey Mitch, I am glad you got that apple for all your hard work in supervising your dad and his friends! Great job matie..

  47. Wow what a lot of work you got done in a day! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my site. The light was out of a friends log cabin there was a pair but I only bought the one. She said they had them made for their home. It was really tarnished so I cleaned a little so the copper would show through. Ladybug's favorite treat is slices of apple.

  48. Thanks for sharing about the barn raising. Mom said they had one when for a neighbor whose barn burned down. It is awesome how people work together. Good job. Love the pics.
    Ernie & Sasha

  49. What a great day everyone had. And Mitch, the best part for you was having an apple, right? Thanks for sharing all the barnraising news. It's so interesting.


  50. Mitch

    You awe soo lucky to have been able to go and help wif that faboolous pwoject.
    I can just imagine how wondewful that wood smells and then pizza and apples too..sounds pawfect!
    I wead the memowy boawd..sheesh,if genewal washington could get to Boston, you and maggie coud have too
    I'm so sowwy youw flat selves wewen't wif us....I didn't know it was so close..I hope next time
    smoochie kisses

  51. Whoa does that look cool....AND you got pizza and apples and stuff.....too muvh fun..Love and kisses A+A

  52. Whoa does that look cool....AND you got pizza and apples and stuff.....too muvh fun..Love and kisses A+A

  53. Hay again M&M,
    I just wanted to tell you that I put a picture of the most beautiful
    quilt on my blog today. I would love for you to come and see it.
    If you do not get there in a day or two, Look for our house and angel quilt post, really do not want you to miss it.
    Love ya, Fern

  54. Mitch! I love anything technical, hand-made and my husband especially loves timber! He'll be so thrilled to be there in person! WOW!

    Ahh yes, all those pine must smell so good and woody. ;)