It was a mallet and hoe kind of week.
Pret and I were, ostensibly, the only ones present at The Jones River project the last few days.
But as things progressed, we were joined by Jack…
You load (a 15) ton (jack) & what do you get / Another day older and deeper in debt…
Pine graciously offered to let Pret and I take her boat for a spin on the Jones.
and the neighborly Peter Follansbee, who paused for a moment, in between panels and posts.
I like the set of your teeth. The saw’s all-right too.
Even the Tide came and went–
–and then came again.
To fix a frame, it’s necessary to transfer the weight of the building from one place to another. Blocks of 6 x 7s–built up mindfully from the muck–can accomplish remarkable things.
It’s really a building within a building.
We fabricated beams from 2 x 8s to carry and transfer the load.
And with 6 jacks below…
And a few closer to the rafters…
Jack has that Festivus-vibe going on. Maybe it’s the red and green.
…we were ready to crank the jacks and lift the roof–
–shims and tims (locks) in place.
Outside, we removed a little trim and sheathing.
Sky rockets in flight.
In such an open build, we needn’t lift but a few inches before we could replace the “gently used” wall plates–
The ol’ plates had seen their share of launches.
–with new material.
Modern 2x4s are smaller than those milled 100 years ago. I blame the recession.
Speaking of new material, Day 4 drew to a close with Pret’s favorite game, “Plant the ear-worm”:
Hi Dave? Pret here. Just wanted you to know that it’s been a delightful afternoon. You might say, an AFTERNOON of DELIGHT. Rick was just remarking on the sky-rockets in flight.
Speaking of launch, it’s noon. Until next time…
2 GREAT SHOWS COMING UP–
Put down that drumstick.
Banish your tryptophan stupor.
See former Pilgrims show their shins, move their hips, and use swear words melodically!
Here’s something to add to your post-Thanksgiving menu:
If you find yourself in the vicinity of the Plymouth, Mass area on Saturday, November 30th–hie thee to The BBC to see The Gobshites. Peter’s band is internationally renowned and kick-ass. They hardly ever play drinking songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2DDqO0nbzA
Or, on the same night, head to the New World Tavern to see The Dinghys. There, you’ll see Pret working a banjo like nobody’s business. Click on this link to hear the band and see sawing in the sawpit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7uJ4UPQLNw
2 shows, 1 night, plenty o’ fun.