Friday, July 2, 2010

Crump Barn Update - the Rafters

Mom and I are on our way over to the Crump barn site.  Mitch and dad left a few minutes ahead of us! 
I love sticking my nose out the window and catching the breezes!
Dad had help from a few of his timber frame buddies and they got queen posts up and queen post braces up and purlin plates up!  Those are the piece of wood on the second floor in the center of the building.  They help support the rafters.
These queen posts and braces and purlins are all pitched at an angle.
And because they are angled and because this is an antique barn frame, it makes putting up rafters a one-at-a-time deal and it's very time consuming.
See that pink string?  It helps dad takes measurements for each rafter.  It tells him that the roof is staying level and plumb as he adds more rafters.
Our barn raising is in two weeks and dad is starting all kinds of projects so when we have 50 timber framers at the raising who want to help out and stay busy, he can make teams and have everyone working.  We will raise the other 2 bents and raise the other top plates and queen posts and purlins and this will create more work for everyone.  It sounds confusing but dad always has a plan. 
Hang in there with us.   The best is yet to come!

The neighboring farmer was haying today and the sweet fragrance of the hay was incredible!
We weren't up on deck today because dad said that it was too hairy for us to be up there supervising so we kept our paws planted firmly on the ground!
Our weather has been awesome for the last few days!  It's been cool temps and sunny with no humidity and we are just loving this!   Unfortunately, the humid hot yucky stuff will be back on the 4th! 

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

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


Archie and Melissa said...

hi m & m!
oh how exciting!
your barn raising is magical!
we cannot wait to see more!

happy happy 4th!
m & e

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

This is getting more exciting by the minute - we wish we could be there to see it go up!!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Bocci said...

We love those barn raising updates-we learn so much!.
Of course, Parental Unit can hardly wait to make some more food for the crew!

Happy 4th!

Your buddy,

P.S. Sounds like we have the same weather!

Raising Addie said...

WOW that sure is a lot of work!

Glad you could lend a hand.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Anonymous said...

Maggie - how did you learn so much about building barns?? I'm very impressed!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Maggie, I love the wind in my fur on a car trip, but I have my whole head out of the window.

All those workers, your Dad is going to have to have a water tight plan!

Can't wait for the BIG day.

XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella
PeeS Our word verification is the wind in your hairs.

Niamh said...

You are all working so hard. We can't wait for the excitement of the barn raising. Hope you will give us a big post about that.

Our word verification is "predog"! Is that a fancy way of saying puppy?

Your friends.
Niamh & Ambrose

Wyatt said...

Can't wait for the barn raising. SO EXCITING!


Kess And Her Mama said...

The barn's coming along nicely! Good job supervising from the ground.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

It looks so beautiful there!! Exciting!!! We can't wait to see the rest of it!!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch!
This silly girl got confused about all the work the barn implies! But we know your Dad knows!
Pawesome job!
Kisses and hugs

Teddy Bear said...

The barn looks pawesome! I'm so glad you've been having great temps.:) Enjoy them. And then when the yucky stuff returns you can cool down with ice cream and watermelon.:)

Teddy Bear

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh wow that is really coming along. Good work pals.
Tomorrow its the 4th of July. Hope you have an awesome day.

Noah xx

violett said...

Oh, this is thrilling and interesting at the same time!
I live in an old half-timbered house.

We wish a nice day of the independence

Dexter said...

You can supervise from below. Just requires being a bit louder with your directions.


tula monstah said...

oh boy, this is furry complicated. i can see why woo need supervisors at all levels-- and then with a big crew coming on board. Geesh!

yep, felt like Fall for a minute!
stay cool, enjoy the 4th with lots of hot doggies & watermelon,

Princess Patches said...

It sure looks and sounds complicated, putting up a barn that way, but the Crump barn will be still standing looooong after lots of newer barns have gone to ruins! Our dad would have looooved to have been involved in a project like that! He built a lot of barns, but we don't think any of them were like this one!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July. May the fireworks be pretty but silent!

Penny & Patches

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Wishing you a fun, safe and well fed holiday.
Yeah I saw the pink string and that's all I know about construction!
Our weather has been pawsome too, raining for a few days straight. My mom is not thrilled to see 12 muddy paws marching into the house!
Her doormat says: "wipe your paws here" doesn't work!

Finni said...

It's looking really good so far. Mum said that the view from the barn is stunning.
Finni xx

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a beautiful barn. It sure is coming alone. Sure glad you all got to go supervise today...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Asta said...

Maggie and Mitch
We awe aways in awe when we see what youw Dad accomplishes wif his fwiendses and youw mom and of couwse youw help and inspiwation..I'll cwoss my paws that somehow the nice tempewatoowes stay
smoochie kisses and a vewy Happy
Fouwf of July to you!!!
pee esss I love youw headew

Oskar said...

Our weather has been the same. What fun supervising the job site!

Jans Funny Farm said...

We just did a post on a little girl who had a heart transplant and Khyra mentioned your dad has had one. So we read your related posts on the shoes and the jeans and .... well, thanks for the laughs. We're glad your dad is doing well!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Get ready -

The humid stuff is khoming bakhk!

Thanks fur sharing the barn update!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

This barn building is awsome fun it looks like to me.... welll maybe the word is work.
I am happy to hear you had a few no humid days.

Emily and Ike said...

That's a crazy huge project!

Stardust said...

I'm totally impressed about every work going on there, and watching the timbers amount to something, AMAZING! Dad does measurement with the pink string? That's awesome!

Again and again, WOOOW...

Inky and Molly said...

What an amazing project. We can't wait to see it all come together!