13 May 2007

Doing the beams for the extension

We've been spending a long time in the woods, finding and marking straightish Oak and Chestnut trees to use as beams.

Both of us hate cutting down trees, so we're trying to choose trees which are too close together or badly placed and we don't always agree, so we move on to another area in the wood and start again, tying coloured wool on to those which we think are suitable.

Finally, after a lot of looking, discussing and feeling sorry about cutting live tress, all the beams we need have been cut and stacked next to the house. One by one we strip them of their bark, then plane them down to clean them and once they've been cut into the main beam we level them out to provide us with a flat surface for the floor.

We've cut all the wood for the extension from our land, a third of the main roof beams are now in place.


All this takes ages and people keep asking us why it's taking so long. It would be so much easier to just go out and spend 6,000€ on buying the wood...

2 comments:

Mousie said...

my brother was a forester in Africa...before cutting the trees he used to go in front of them with the workers and they would talk to the tree, explain to them, and ask for forgiveness...
he said one day: where I fall, bury me...so now he lies under this earth he loved...
Mousie

Katie said...

Most of my friends built their own houses. One couple built a log house from logs on their property. We'd get together and all work on it together. It was like an old fashioned barn raising that farmers used to get together and do back in the 'old days'. I'm looking forward to watching your progress.

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