It’s a good old fashioned barn-raising

We picked up a van load of wood at Swanson's Home Hardware, Kitchener and found Lego-Man in a corner of the van. He quickly became our mascot for the day!

We picked up a van load of wood at Swanson’s Home Hardware, Kitchener and found Lego-Man in a corner of the van. He quickly became our mascot for the day!

Getting it square, level and straight for the very beginning!

Getting it square, level and straight for the very beginning!

We joked that it felt a little like building the new modern day Stonehenge!

We joked that it felt a little like building the new modern day Stonehenge!

It's a beautiful thing when all the measurements add up!

It’s a beautiful thing when all the measurements add up!

Trent, the most experienced builder among us, drew diagrams to help the rest of us understand the plans and next steps.

Trent, the most experienced builder among us, drew diagrams to help the rest of us understand the plans and next steps.

More hand tools!

More hand tools!

While Mom (Missy) & Dad (Gary) work... someone else is lounging :) And then the baby had a nap! Tough work, but what a trooper, great way to spend a Saturday in the garden!

While Mom (Missy) & Dad (Gary) work… someone else is lounging 🙂 And then the baby had a nap! Tough work, but what a trooper, great way to spend a Saturday in the garden!

Saturday July 12 was a perfect day to raise the posts and beams for the rainwater collection structure at the garden! What a great crew to work with!

Saturday July 12 was a perfect day to raise the posts and beams for the rainwater collection structure at the garden! What a great crew to work with!

works together, plays together.... stays together!

The community garden that eats together, works together, plays together…. stays together!

Our work site sounded and looked like a barn-raising. No power on site means that hammers and cordless power tools are the order of the day! There was a lot of hammering involved in making this built-up beam - three 2x10 pieces of wood nailed together to form one wickedly solid beam.

Our work site sounded and looked like a barn-raising. No power on site means that hammers and cordless power tools are the order of the day! There was a lot of hammering involved in making this built-up beam – three 2×10 pieces of wood nailed together to form one wickedly solid beam.

Here's the nailing pattern for the built up beam. Five nails, every 16". Two times around the whole structure.  That's a LOT of hammering.

Here’s the nailing pattern for the built up beam. Five nails, every 16″. Two times around the whole structure.
That’s a LOT of hammering.

Ranen gets the honour of putting in the last crews of the day!

Ranen gets the honour of putting in the last crews of the day!

This is the product of our work after day one. 7 people completed this work in 5 hours and other gardeners brought us food! What a team!

This is the product of our work after day one. 7 people completed this work in 5 hours and other gardeners brought us food! What a team!

Strapping the shed roof in preparation for a new steel roof! The shingles were completely done so something had to be done! Thanks Kim, Stanley and family for doing this job!  And yes, the shed suffered some graffiti, but we are getting new signs for the doors so it will be covered up.

Strapping the shed roof in preparation for a new steel roof! The shingles were completely done so something had to be done! Thanks Kim, Stanley and family for doing this job!
And yes, the shed suffered some graffiti, but we are getting new signs for the doors so it will be covered up.

Strapping the shed roof in preparation for a new steel roof! The shingles were completely done so something had to be done! Thanks Kim & Stanley for doing this job!  And yes, the shed suffered some graffiti, but we are getting new signs for the doors so it will be covered up.

Strapping the shed roof in preparation for a new steel roof! The shingles were completely done so something had to be done! Thanks Kim & Stanley for doing this job!
And yes, the shed suffered some graffiti, but we are getting new signs for the doors so it will be covered up.

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