This week has been intense so far. We have all been pushing the available light hours this week trying to get this barn frame disassembled in an orderly and efficient manner. On Tuesday, I pulled sheathing while Julia, Eden, and our friend Rachel de-nailed the boards as they came off. I also began taking down a few of the addition’s sawn rafters. As progress moved along on the barn, Mike C was back at home negotiating an Issue Eleven freight shipment debacle. Delay after delay. Wrong phone numbers. No one knows what’s going on. The driver left. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe not.

But MC is persistent and was finally able to get them to deliver yesterday morning and got it all loaded into storage by himself before driving to the job site to help with sheathing removal for the rest of the day. Mike U came shortly behind, just after a gruesome wisdom tooth extraction. He’s almost always chipper and up for anything, but the poor guy looked walloped. By the end of yesterday, Eden and I had the whole roof sheathing stripped, and Julia, MC, and MU had it largely de-nailed.

The first order of the day today is to take these rafters down. The original rafter system was a major rafter/minor purlin system, but at some point down the road, the purlins and ridge pole were cut off and sawn rafters were placed between the hewn major rafters, converting it into a common rafter system. We’ll of course be restoring it back to major rafter/minor purlin. Because.

After the hubbub of the day, I got to spend a few minutes soaking in our hot-off-the-press Issue Eleven. We’re absolutely delighted with it. The printing is as crisp as ever, the paper is lush, and the articles are riveting. I have to confess that I love my job. Sending these articles out into the world is invigorating.

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– Joshua


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