In July of 2019 we took another workcation to Kowalski Mountain. The goal of this barn raising trip was to get the roof on the barn. We brought reinforcements this year, my parents Tom and Betty-Lou Seager made their first trip to the homestead to help. My dad is a skilled carpenter and my mom an experienced gopher like me, accomplished in the role of “can you get this” and “hold that”. I know Philip took great joy in showing them the property.
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Momma and Daddy dug right in and did their best to keep up with our pace.
Setting the Rafters
Each rafter had to be cut to the log exactly to fit properly and level.
The purlins were added once a group of rafters were complete. Slowly the roof began to come together.
The First Sheet of Roofing Metal
The first sheet of metal was finally added.
It’s quite a job to add a roof. Philip always explains each step to me as he goes. There is so many technical aspects that I don’t pretend to understand, but I help as I’m needed and do my best.
Barn Raising Team Work
With extra photographers on this trip. You can see my involvement more. Trust me, there may not always be photographic evidence, but Philip and I do most all projects on Kowalski Mountain together.
Since I’m not a fan of heights, I provided ground support.
Since I am afraid of heights, top of the ladder is about my limit, thankfully Philip isn’t bothered by heights in the least.
Philip encourages me to use all the equipment. The nail gun scares me to death, however I did a few nails and was done with that thing.
Setting the Last Nail: Together
Ceremoniously setting the last nail of the roof together!
The roof is complete. We accomplished the goal of the trip!
We took our celebratory selfie of a job well done! The roof was on… with only one issue, we still had time before we went home.
Recycled Metal Siding Going Up
Philip had purchased reclaimed metal sheeting from a local entrepreneur. We counted the metal sheets and had exactly enough to frame in the barn. What could be better than just finishing the roof, but enclosing the barn as well, so we dug in to see how far we’d get.
Working as a team to bend the metal around the corners.
We added another pole to use for doors that will be added in the future. You can see the secure workshop in this picture.
Out with the Old
Disassembling the tent storage area also had to be completed before enclosing the surrounding walls.
The Last Piece of Siding
of the Barn Raising
Side by side we put the last piece of metal siding on the barn. It’s not finished yet, the front needs a pitched roof added with storage and then doors will be added as well. For now we have a secure workshop and a sheltered barn to keep our equipment safe and out of the weather.