Well that joiner down by the river finally realized his dream the other day…


With the help of several friends and neighbors, he raised a frame for his workshop.


Farmers. office workers, artists, writers, and millers from down the street and from Canada, Australia, Maine–even Newton!–were all there to help.


Mr Follansbee and Mr Woodburn take full responsibility for this darlin’ frame, nestled seamlessly into the hillside and made of salvaged materials laid out and cut on fair winter days this year.


While it would have been special to see FREE BRADY carved on the beam, Peter opted instead for a date–4 digits which always ring familiar here in Plymouth County.


And no frame ever is raised without a hitch or two.

This is how a joiner owns a mistake when he’s helping to build his own workshop:


After a yeoman’s lunch, cooked on a fire partly fueled by discarded carved panels…

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…the frame seemed almost to finish itself-


And Mr Follansbee applied a traditional flourish for the newly raised timbers.


Then, when the last trenail was pounded, a sight rarely seen ambled its way down the hill…




Look at that party animal.

And though PF doesn’t partake, he rewarded the generosity of those who came to help out in friendship.

It didn’t take long before the newly raised frame saw some of its first use…


And as the sun set west of the river-


-we all knew this would be a place where many wonderful things are created.


Here is a link to Peter’s account of the frame and the process:

Also, here’s a video by Harry Kavouksorian of the raising:

Lots of great things happening over at Plymouth CRAFT.

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12 thoughts on “PARTY ANIMAL

  1. God I love these photos and narrative.

  2. hiscarpentry says:

    Hey man! This is a great “return from hibernation” entry! Wish I could a made it.

  3. Tico Vogt says:

    It all couldn’t have happened to a better fellow than PF.

  4. David Taylor says:

    I have enjoyed reading Peter’s account of his workshop build, but I love this summation of it, great job. ‘Twas a fun read!

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