Friday, June 30, 2006
Longest day ever! This is coming together so quickly my pictures barely do it justice. We made the mistake of starting to drink three hours before we finished. Marc may or may not have been teetering off the roof with a corona in his hand. Don't tell his mother. I'm roasting a chicken, it's 10:30 at night. Kursten set off into the ether with a log tied to his truck and has yet to return.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
So my camera died today, just before the most epic moment in our building. The deck was laid loosely down and I climbed just atop it. It was magic. I'm going to attempt to post a video tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
p.s. The top photo may or may not be an example of a step in the folked out staircase.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Not much to speak of today as we spent most of our time calculating the rest of the lumber for the house and the deck wood. We also attempted to clean J&J's on account of them coming up tonight [yay!]. Marc and Kursten did however wander over to the land just now to chainsaw up some of the HUGE logs left by the loggers for the start of what could be the most folked-out staircase you'll ever see. I hope they make it back before sundown. Ian also comes up tonight so we'll have eight hands tomorrow, just imagine what could get done. Below is a picture I took yesterday of 'burls' which are the knots cut off a tree when it's logged. They have to cut off the knots so the tree can be planed easier. They're EVERYWHERE on my land. So I've decided to collect them and start me a little art project. I'm going to call it 'gnarls and burls', but only Jon and Kara will remember that one. No one else has known me that long. Either way it's a title that reminds me of being young...
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Progress is so rapid with this thing, it's hard to post what all has been done. Also, I can barely keep my eyelids open at the end of the day much less post. SO... holes are dug, posts are cemented into holes, beams are built, two GLs are mounted even! GL, short for 'garnier limb', is a really fancy and really expensive wood anchor... meets lag bolt (see picture). Basically they will hold the outside beams from tree to tree and bear the weight of the entire deck and house. The poles are extra support for the beams, in treehouse language poles = cheating but with what this is costing I'd like it to last longer than one summer. One swift winter wind will have nothing on this thing.
p.s. I sanded and painted steel plates all day.
p.p.s. We did most of this in the rain!