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Wednesday 7/27

July 27, 2011

A good portion of this day was devoted to the remediation of a layout disaster, and the accompanying self-abasement. These guys in the picture above? It wasn’t their fault, but it became their problem pretty quickly. Anyway, it gave us the opportunity to teach the lesson once more attributed to The Queen, who opines that the real test of good breeding is how people behave when things start going wrong.

I am proud to report that we have passed that test, again.

It has been a little hard on the schedule though, all the same.

The silver lining? That guy in the back, Ed Schum, came all the way from BC to check us out because he thinks his town’s trail system needs a 60 (!) meter pedestrian bridge. So Ed gets to see the Real Us. And he’s still smiling, and turning into a Scribe Wizard himself.

Micah and Dick up to something with a top chord.

Really, all Katie wanted to do wash splash a little water on her sunburn, when THIS guy shows up and changes the tone of the morning. He took it pretty well, all in all. Good swimmer, too.

And when’s the last time in this digital age that you saw a scene like this Monet tableau? Can’t wait for the next canvas.

Really, we’re just not sure what this is all about, but we can assure you there were no tears. Alan Peoples, Brace, and Skeptic.

Here above we reveal the secret technology behind the impossibly precise hole angles provided for us by the engineering team. “What are we supposed to do with all those decimals?” asked a waggish framer. The pitch block, laboriously prepared, by-laterally aligned, meticulously reamed, is the answer. It has a sister in the second photo, for the other rods of the other diameter. We’re hoping to present a stress diagram soon, to show the impeccable logic that supports “all those decimals”, and for the differing rods, sized by Occam’s Razor.

Tip of the Iceberg

Old Pal Don Seela made the long drive from Dayton with a truckload of tasty tools to tempt the team here assembled; proceeds go to fund his seemingly endless trips to Haiti, and elsewhere, to build with Habitat, working through an outfit named FOCAS (Foundation of Compassionate American Samaritans). You could look it up.

The tools? Good stuff, but I couldn’t bare to show you the totality of it; it’d just make your wallet twitch.

Recent Heartwood Graduate Apprentice and all around timber frame hero Annie Harris joined us for the duration today – so now we’re feeling more confident of success.

Reed Leberman had to get up very early in the morning to get down here to work in the cutting tent with us again today. He’s off to represent us to the White Mountain National Forest at their celebration of the Week’s Act, scheduled for this weekend. You could learn about the Week’s Act on the Internet. Changed the face of conservation in NH and every other state a hundred years ago.

Will Truax and Simon Frez-Albrecht peacefully scribing away on the second truss.

And like everyone else on this site who is fortunate enough to have work, the work must go on. Here Dr Mullen after a day’s work, after dinner and after sundown, tries to talk down a California architect who is attempting to design a Buddhist temple without any lateral bracing. We applaud both their efforts.

This bridge has been a good project so far, and we sure wish you’d stop by, if only to say hello, and maybe try the ice-tea.


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  1. gale permalink

    snakes to buddhist temples… just another wonderful day!

  2. Jim Rogers permalink

    When weill the trusses be stood up?

  3. Entertaining and inspiring Blog! Thanks for taking the time to tell us all about the project.

    My son and I are excited about visiting the Chester Bridge tomorrow, and seeing the results of everyone’s fine work. Hope we can help out in some way, too.

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