After several years of growing out of various ‘start-up’ locations, including our home basement (with lumber and projects frequently spilling over into our living room!…see above), and due to the increase in quantity and physical size of projects being commissioned, it became very apparent that we needed a large designated space for our wood working business.
In the fall of 2018, after months of research, felling trees, milling, and other preparatory work (not the least of which was Wes’ healing from a broken femur back in January!) we finally broke ground on the new wood shop. Wes has always had a fondness for old barns, so he designed his own timber frame structure. The main structure of the shop is built with traditional mortise and tenon joinery – interestingly, the same joinery that is used for the liturgical furniture – and the joinery was done using traditional tools, such as the ‘boring machine’ seen above (which was actually quite an interesting contraption, and yes, the source of many corny jokes).
Many hands made light work as we prepared the foundation. Family, friends, a youth group, and even our dear Sisters lent a hand.
Next came the old-fashioned barn raising days – three in all. Many volunteers (one of them surprisingly comfortable with heights!) donated their precious time to make this possible.
We continued with group work days until the weather was literally so bad we had to stop for the winter…setting trusses while it is snowing is not ideal!
In the spring of 2019, we got off to a great start by getting up the OSB siding, house wrap and windows. In the summer, we worked on metal roofing, drain tile, gravel and backfilling ‘the moat’ as it affectionally came to be known. So far this fall, in addition to progress with electric and insulation, Wes built some great custom doors with a cool wooden lock.
(More information and pictures to come soon!)