Reaching for the sky: 16 roof beams went up, and up, and up….

Today was probably the most exciting day so far.  It started slow, as an observer, as Randy and his team are epitome of “measure twice, cut once”.  There was really nothing to cut, but they wanted to make sure all the measurements and angles were correct as the roof beams were placed between the center posts and the corner wall sections.

It is a pleasure watching how they work together.  They are kind and respectful.  They consult with each other and make most decisions by consensus while at the same time recognizing that Randy is ultimately the final voice and responsible for the job site.

droppingarockWhile they were working on bringing in and placing the roof beams, Ian Carter was back with his excavator to back fill all the moats around the building with the piles of dirt that had been removed in the first place.  readyforrockgardenexpansionHe was also picking out medium and large size rocks for later use and then smoothing and leveling.  He lifted rocks with the excavator like you would lift a piece of fruit on a spoon.  It was amazing watching him move the soil around like the excavator was an extension of his hand.  I don’t know whether all heavy equipment operators are this talented and careful.

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1beamsoverheadFirst Randy brought over one bundle of eight roof beams to be raised in the first octagon using a very large forklift that could extend way into the building.  Then they began setting the beams using a smaller motorized lift called a divot.  2beamdone 3placingbeamIt could easily be moved around the inside of the octagon and was able to lift the beam sufficiently that it could be swung into place on top of the center pole and then bolted down while the other end was placed in the opening on the top of the corner wall.

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For the last three beams which were more easily accessed from the outside of the building, they went back to using the large forklift.  This made the job go much faster.

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