Patrick's Barn: The Inevitable Slowdowncomments (0) August 26th, 2011 in Blogs
Although I’d like nothing better than to be able to work on my barn for 40, 50 or even 60 hours a week, job and family activities don’t allow it. Between traveling to Portland, Ore., for a photo shoot, a long-planned family vacation to Pittsburgh and bad weather in between, it’s been about three weeks since I spent any real time on my project. But I try to do something every night after work just to keep things moving and to maintain my sanity. Carpentry is my favorite way to relax.
About three weekends ago I sheathed one half of the main roof on my barn. It went smoothly, but this was the easy side—the one with the shed roof to work from. The other side is this weekend’s project. I spent a couple hours last night building a scaffold to reach the eaves.
Since my last blog post, I also took delivery of about 1200 board feet of native white pine that my coworker Dan Morrison saved from the chipper. The huge tree was being taken down on a neighbor’s property, and he arranged to have it sawn and kiln-dried. I’m going to use 4/4 stock for vertical siding. I also have a smaller amount of 5/4 that I’ll use for casing. It’s beautiful stuff, almost free of knots.
You can read more about my barn here.
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