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.
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...