Saturday, April 16, 2011

Timber Frame Class Weekend

This weekend is timber frame class weekend and for the very first time, class is being taught in the Aaron Hall barn - the barn that mom and dad and the Northford Timber Framers worked on this past summer!
There are 25 new students attending class who will be learning the art of timber framing!  It's always fun to add new friends and more "family" to our barn raisings. 

 Dad was psyched this morning and feeling better.  He and Uncle Thom are sharing the teaching duties. We have the bestest and most wonderful friends.  Everyone goes above and beyond to pitch in and help out!   We are truly blessed!

 These blocks of wood are teaching props.  Some of them are over 300 years old and each one has a story to tell.   
 Cousin Karen painted our Northford Timber Framers trunk.  Didn't she do an awesome job!
 Can you see the oval picture right in the front?   That man is Aaron Hall.    Our dad loves history and when you come to his timber frame classes, you not only learn how to timber frame but you get history lessons too. 
 The students learn to timber frame with antique hand tools but they do use modern electric drills and circular saws and planers too.  It's more practical. 

You don't see us because we weren't invited to attend class and it's a very busy weekend for both dad and mom, who is helping out with the foodie end of it. 
Monday is one of our favorite days of the entire year - The Tour of Barns, also known as Dunkin Donut day for us! 
Nope, we don't go on the tour but we do clean up when the students are off on the tour and we are the greatest helpers at cleaning up!  Our paws are crossed that we get a yummy Dunkin Donut or two!

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

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


Kari in Alaska said...

how cool! Mom wants to take a class like that!


Cowspotdog said...

Oh your new header is so pretty - what a wonderful photo of the two of you.

I am so happy to hear your Dad is feeling better - don't let him go over doing it though.

Mmmm Dunkin Donuts - Dad says they are the best - we don't have any around here though.

Have a wonderful weekend guys

Dewey Dewster said...

Glad ta hear yer Dad is better.....yer barn raising classes sound like a lot of fun. That barn is super pretty.....nice enough ta live in fer the smells in it are great!

Here's hopin' ya get a dunkin' donut or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5...ya can share 'em too....

Dewey Dewster here....

♥ Sallie said...

Mmmm. donuts!

What a cool class!


Persephone and Buster said...

Wow--we like barns! Even more, we like donuts! If we learn how to use a hand auger, does that mean we can snarf some Boston Cremes and jelly stix?

Your Dad sounds like a natural teacher!

Buster, Bailey, & Gracie

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Happy Doughnut Day!!!! We're glad your Dad is feeling soo much better and can get out there and teach.

XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

julee said...

That looks like an interesting class for the humans...but bring on the what I say. Have fun!

rottrover said...

Your new header is beautiful! And we're glad to hear that your dad is feeling better. Please keep your aire-eyes on him!!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Sherry said...

All those people of all ages interested in learning timber framing--that's amazing. I'll bet you two are more interested in amazing donuts, though.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Your new header is beautiful!! I love it! The timber framing classes sound like so much fun! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Anonymous said...


Pawsome Header!

Supper Happy that your Dad is feeling better!

That class looks

did you say donuts?

What the heck are donuts? Yummy nommis though huh?

Donuts, hum wonder if Mom has heard of those.

Enjoy your donuts!

Have a Pawsome Weekend!

woo woos, Tessa

Oskar said...

I'm so happy that your dad is feeling good enough to enjoy his teaching! Good luck with the donuts.

Nubbin wiggles,

TwoSpecialWires said...

Yes. You are blessed. And so are we to be your friends.

We think it's so cool to know that you are keeping the art of timber framing alive. And growing it, even. Those students are doggoned lucky to have your dad (and uncle) as their teachers. And they don't know it, but they are doggoned lucky to have you two on cleanup duty.

(We hope you get a donut, too)

Oh, btw, we love your new header picture! It really feels like spring!

Happy Sunday.
Much love
jake and Fergi

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...


Did woo???

PeeEssWoo: I think all future khlasses rekhwire the students to bring a snakhk fur the 'dales left at home!

Wyatt said...

So happy to see your Dad is feeling good and back at it! We wish you all lived closer, we would love to see those barns
(and you dales too!)

Wyatt and Stanzie

Unknown said...

Class looks like so much fun! Sorry you weren't able to attend, but make sure your mom and dad give you extra treats for being helpers!

Teddy Bear said...

What an exciting day! We love all the pieces of wood. How pawesome some of them are over 300 years old. We love it! We are so excited for Monday to come for you both. Dunkin Donuts...bring it on!:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Princess Patches said...

We are very happy that your dad is feeling well enough to help teach the class! It's very cool that he includes history in his classes! Good luck with the Dunkin Donuts!

BTW, we love your new header!

Penny & Patches

Stanley said...

Hey, buddies!

I'm trying to catch up as I have missed much of what has been happening in your life (due to the laziness of my girl), and want you to know that we in GooberStan are sending loads of healing goob smooches and love to your mama, dad, and all at the house of M&M!

We think it's scandalous that you two are not invited to the food events! There are no words!

Stella, I, and the girl all send gobs of love & gooberliciously warm thoughts to you all!

Goob love,

Patience-please said...

Oh we have been out of it for so long that we have some serious catching up to do! It's good to hear your sweet voices again. Hope the donuts were plentiful and scrumptious!

wags from the long gone whippets

tula monstah said...

do woo need help on DD day?! i'm so there!!!


Thor and Jack said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch!
We're so happy to hear Dad is feeling better!
That class looks like a lots of fun!
Happy Dunkin Donut Day!

Thor and Jack

Amber-Mae said...

That is SO cool! Too bad you both weren't invited. You would have enjoyed yourselves too!

Sue said...

If you need any help, we are experienced donut eaters. We don't have a Dunkin around here, but we practice on Krispy Kremes.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

violett said...

What an interesting post!
I hope there is for you to clean up a lot and many, many donuts!
And the Heater picture is beautiful!
Lots of love

Anonymous said...

Yum post. that class is right up my alley/

George The Lad said...

Wow thats intresting, its nice seeing the barn again, hope you get your donuts;)
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Donut Day? Maggie, how do you ever keep your trim figure???

The barn class looked really really interesting...even better that your Dad is feelin' more himself again!!!

Love you guys!!

Scruffy and Stanley as dictated by Lacie...her nails are drying.....

Bocci said...

What a cool workshop-those stories sound fascinating!
So glad your Dad is feeling better and doing what he loves with great friends and family.
I have a feeling a doughnut or a piece therreof will be yours, Maggie and Mitch!

Unknown said...

Glad to know your dad's feeling better. Our humans say the timber framing lesson sounds awesome. Mom loves the fact that your parents talk about history even as they teach timber framing.

Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

Sierra Rose said...

Wow! A great event! Are the students all local, or from a wider area? The history aspect, and all the visuals must have been a real treat for attendees! And, having such amazing instructors of course! The barn is beautiful, and a barn tour would be quite interesting.
Hope you two indeed get to snack on some tasty treats!!

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Remington said...

Now THAT is super cool!

Asta said...

Maggie and Mitch
I was soo happy to wead that youw Dad is bettew and could pawticipate and pass on his extensive knowledge about those faboolous bawns he has built.
It sounds like a wondewful time.
I will cwoss my paws thatyopu get youw faiw shawe of domuts on monday on those toows
smoochie kisses

Stardust said...

Barny! I'm glad your family is involved in the meaningful work behind the barn and within. My husband and I will be so enthusiastic about attending the class if we do stay near.