Almost Closed In Now.
I was at a barn raising a bit over a month ago and found it interesting to help out. So when I heard about this one the day before, I thought that I would help out on this one too. To please Kathy, I keep my feet on the ground, but there is plenty to do there, that’s for sure. They have the 8”X8” oak beams and the 6”X6” square oak posts down below where the horse stalls will be, along with the 6”X6” oak posts along the sides of the hay loft. They have the floor joists in with 8”X8” oak beams under where the inner 6”X6’ posts will be in the hay loft. The floor is pretty well covered with loose boards laid down on the floor joist but not nailed down. As much as they can, they cover the sides with used metal where they can get it. On this one we put shiplap over the lower part, all around and plain boards on the south side of the hayloft, with metal on the other three sides. They use new metal on the roof. They get used tracks from old barns that hang up in the peak so they can use a grapple to lift the hay up into the hayloft and roll it to the other end of the barn, where they drop it loose in a big pile down the center of the barn. Then they can pitch it into holes in the floor over the mangers for the horses down below.
In talking with one Amish man the day before, he said that they have good food. Up at the big house, they do set on a good plate. After you have what you want of the chicken and mashed potatoes with all the trimmings, they pass around a platter of cake and after that the different kinds of pie for you to take. At the end they pass around a choice of candy bars or a small cigar, it’s a no brainer there; I go for the candy bar.
At the other barn raising I was at, there were twice as many men so they pretty well had it all closed in by the days end, but we came close on this one. I counted 40 here and there were close to 100 at the other one. There are still a lot of details to finish up on the inside of each barn when we leave.
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