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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Frame Up!

I arrived on Monday morning, October 19, to discover that there was still snow on the ground on the road into our property....
I soon realized I was following the crane truck...

In no time things were set up and the crew was going strong...


Peter, controlling a beam with a rope from below...

Roger, the extraordinarily calm crane operator...

Weather threatened on and off... but pieces started to fall into place...






Timbers carved in Montana starting in March and raised in October in Minnesota get a little cranky. Lots of "tweaking" was necessary for everything to fit perfectly...







Assembling a frame requires constant communication between the crew captain and the crane operator...

The guys did some dangling...

...lots of teamwork...how many guys does it take to fit a knee brace?


...some whapping...

...an occasional high wire act...

...and getting right out onto the edge...

The view was always beautiful.

Gradually, a frame began to emerge.


Here is a big bunch of rafters being lifted up...

Rafter #1 going into place...

...half done with the rafters...

Last rafter!!

Isn't this frame a beaut? This was right about 5 PM on Monday afternoon...


Val made me promise to prove to you all that I was really there, beginnings of the flu and all.

3 comments:

  1. The frame is beautiful. Sooo glad you you were there to take the photos, Kath -- they'll be irreplaceable. Truly a work of art as is this blog!

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  2. Wow! Looks great!

    Way to make us jealous with your functional carpenters!

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  3. What a sweet looking setting and house. WoW !!!

    Thomas

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