Sunday, June 6, 2010

Another Barn Update

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! 
This project is sure keeping us supervisors busy!  
We'll be back with another barn update soon!

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

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


Princess Patches said...

What an interesting project! Our mom is very jelly that you get to watch the progress in dogson! We can't wait to see more!

Penny & Patches

Kess And Her Mama said...

I did the sunglasses on your new header photo. Your humans are very handy people. Lots of supervisions on your part, I reckon whilst it's being built.

Niamh said...

You two are doing such a good job supervising your dad. That barn looks like a lot of work. Hope you are getting plenty of play time too.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Remington said...

Looks like a very BIG project! I am certain it will not go well without YOU in charge! Keep everyone on task....

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Woof, giant construction! I feel dizzy when I try to catch a glimpse of it.
Wear your hard hats, M&M.
May I ask you a favor, please go visit Autumn, my Maltese sister, to give her and her mom your kind words of love, encouragement and emotional support, they really need it now, thanks.

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

It's me again, this is Autumn blog

Martha said...

Hi Maggie & Mitch
That is a very important project you are snoopervising there.
These antique restorations need a lot of work.
We are glad you are the dogs on the job.
What pretty swallows that dropped by to check on the progress too.
Martha and Bailey xx

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Barn raising looks like a lot of hard work, but it seems you all enjoy it just the same.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

tula monstah said...

Hi m&m-- pawfect blog theme! nom nom..
boy, you sure run a tight ship.. i mean barn. bet those sparrows are going to luv luv luv their new digs.

keep up the hard work- i'll be at the vineyard waiting for ya..

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

It is looking so pawesome!

Great job woo two!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie
PeeEssWoo: We'll be waiting with Tula!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Barn raising sure looks like lots of work! It looks like you are having fun too! Keep supervising it and make sure everything is going like it should!!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Ina in Alaska said...

WOW!! Very very impressive! Now we have a question for YOU!!!! Our deck in front of our house is about to fall off and we are going to replace it with a pergola type awning structure. Why don't you invite yourselves up to Anchorage to supervise??? We can serve you some delicious Alaskan Summer Ale.... just sayin.... xoxoxoxo

George The Lad said...

That's a big project, your dad and uncle Bill sure have there hands full, you two are doing a grand job over seeing that they do it right.
See yea George xxx

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Wow that is so cool. We love seeing the barn take shape. You 2 keep up the good work...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch!
Yes! Looks like very hard work, but I know your Dad loves it!
Good supervising job!
Kisses and hugs

Martine said...

Wowie, that sure is one big barn you are getting built!

xo martine & the kiddlets

The Airechicks said...

WOW - we have never seen an actually barn raising - it's very exciting to see it happening.....will need updates....

You guys are the thee best supervisors and guides - the little birds look like they can't wait for you to finish and they can move in....

Maggie you're looking so slender and healthy - you look marvelous....And Mitch he's just too HANDSOME.....

Hope you had a wonderful after treat for all your hard work....


Wyatt said...

That barn is going to be so nice! It's kind of scary to think how heavy those timbers and rocks are. Tell your daddy to be careful!


Joe Stains said...

Cool pics, smart to use the big rocks. I hope those swallows can move in soon, we are big fans of birds at this house.

Puggle Preston said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch,

we have learned so much about barn building from you. we thought of a lot when we saw those New England barns..


violett said...

It is to be seen exciting how the construction goes on.
And your both, Maggie and Mitch, have an important job by the supervision
Lots of love

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Looks way too technical for us, but interesting. But with your supervision and the sparrows we're sure it'll be done properly.

Thanks for an interesting post.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Nelly said...

What smart supervisors you guys are! You've had Airedos!
That is a very big building going up there. Those swallows will love it when it's done!
Nelly x

Two French Bulldogs said...

You two sure are great snoopervisers. Be careful of those swallows, they like to call all their relatives to come live near by
Benny & Lily

Clive said...

Those barn raising photos are fantastic.

take care
Clive and the NSLM

Bocci said...

I was hopin' you'd write an update about the barn raisin'! Can't wait to see more!

Your buddy,

Peanut said...

We find the barn raising very interesting. Thanks for showing them and what it takes to put up and restore a barn. Oh and mom says she is going to start saving for the collars since to buy them for both of us requires more money then she has right now. We hope he will still be making them by the time she can afford them.

the teacher's pets said...

It looks like a very interesting project to be looking after. Those Barn swallows look like they might cause you some trouble.
Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

What good helpers you are to your dad. That must be very stressful work, but I imagine that your sense of humors help out, a whole bunch.
I know those birdies are waiting for the new barn. That is what I would do, if I was a birdie

Mack said...

Wow - that barn looks big! I sure hope the weather is good for you during this project!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch,
You have a very big job there!!!
What would your people do without you two to help??? You have the most important job of all!!!
Don't forget to take breaks often.......
XXOO, Bambi & Fern

Stardust said...

Do I know of anything your family isn't capable of? The barn project is just impressive!! Can't wait for its completion!

You guys have a good time supervising and updating us. Meanwhile work safe and enjoy the journey!

Thor and Jack said...

Hi M&M!
Barn project is a big project and you're doing a big job supervising!

Southbaygirl said...

you guys are being super supervisors! those humans need the help of us doggies!! Great job!!

I'm sorry I havent come by to visit in awhile-I blame my mom!!



Teddy Bear said...

That barn is going to be SO cool. We love seeing the progress!

Teddy Bear

Cassie said...

Hey M & M! It looks like you are doing a great job supervising. That barn will be amazing when finished.
BabyRocketDog & Hootie

The Army of Four said...

We love your barn posts - we always learn so much from them! It's such an incredible work of art!
Tail wags,

Jake of Florida said...

That is so interesting! Our Dogdad loves barns, so he'll be delighted to see this example of raising one.

Our flat selves have been in touch with Sunshade and Jaffaman by e-mail --and expect we will be getting together!!! Mom is looking forward to that as -- guess what -- she's never seen or scritched a real live airedale. How sad is that???

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Hary

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

Coming along furry nicely!!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Thank you for sharing the barn progress with us, it does look a lot of work. You guys are excellent supervisors!

Have a great week! :)

Life With Dogs said...

I love watching projects like these - and this is looking like it's going to be beautiful!

Unknown said...

You two have been working too hard. Where are the donuts? Where is the pizza!!! Your dad must have the best math. It would fall over if mom was in charge.

PS did you remember national donut day last week and get your DD free one?

Autumn and Jasmine the Maltese said...

Dear M&M,

I received your words and support from Autumn's blog. Thank You so much for dropping by and I will update you about Jasmine when she gets better =D

Love you lots,
Autumn & Jasmine's Mom

Deborah said...

WOW, what a cool project. I don't think I could even build a dog house! LOL
Have a great day! Can't wait to see more pictures :)

the many Bs said...

hi kiddos, that's a very interesting barn. your dad must be very smart to know how to do all of those complicated calculations to make that barn get built properly.

we hope the little barn birds will have their home pretty soon. we like birdies to be happy.


Huskee and Hershey said...

Thanks for sharing the progress with us.. this is a fun project and I am sure it'd go smoothly with the 2 Snoopervisors! :)

Unknown said...

It looks like you are doing a great job as supervisors Maggie and Mitch. The barn is looking good already. Ros and Oscar

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

This looks like such a huge project. You two are great supervisors.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

TwoSpecialWires said...

We look forward to your barn updates, and we talk and bark about them often. You are well known in our little circle of family and friends. Such awesome work. With such awesome supervisors. (All but the barn swallows. They are actually a problem in our neighborhood, but we won't focus on that.)

Looking forward to the next update. But first we'll reread this one so we totally understand.

Thanks for sharing,
Jake and Fergi and Family