Packing it in for the Winter

December, 2017 I took a walk in the woods yesterday. The snow is ankle deep now and fluffy, the air cold enough to flush the cheeks but not cold enough to send me inside for cocoa. I followed deer trails and found the place three of them had slept last night–these were the ones whoContinue reading “Packing it in for the Winter”

The House-Raising

Sept. 30, 2017 The day dawned bright and clear, the exact day I had imagined when we first said the words “house-raising” to each other. The day before, I had joined J. in the woods for the final preparations. In short, we had to reconstruct the four “bents” from the timbers lying like pickup-sticks allContinue reading “The House-Raising”

How Not to Build a Floor

September, 2017 The posts and the rafters are cut, the pies are made, everything is ready to raise the house…except the floor. Our working surface all summer has been a sheet of plywood over the substantial beams of the foundation. But since this is Wisconsin and we don’t want our feet to freeze to theContinue reading “How Not to Build a Floor”

Notching the Ceiling Joists (and Finishing the Frame!)

September, 2017 Before we move on to talking about ceiling joists, I wanted to get in a few more images of the posts and tie beams. They’re way more poetic than ceiling joists. On to those ceiling joists. I guess I’m not as excited about them because they didn’t come from our woods. We boughtContinue reading “Notching the Ceiling Joists (and Finishing the Frame!)”

Notching the Timbers

July, 2017 I know it’s been a long time since I posted (in fact, I’ve begun to refer to this site as an “occasional” blog) but I refuse to apologize. Life has been a little full lately, is all… While the kids and I have been settling in to the Firehouse, making the apartment aboveContinue reading “Notching the Timbers”