Thursday, March 23, 2006

Building my own house using timbers from the land seemed like a good idea at the time!

Here is a note I received on www.forestryforum.com regarding my signature "Building my own house using timbers from the land seemed like a good idea at the time!" It was part of what planted the seed to start this blog.

Howdy, Joel!

I just read a post you made to a thread about timber framing traditions, namely the traditions practiced once a frame is completed. Although I suspect that there's a bit of humor involved, I was wondering if you'd explain your profile caption: "Building my own house using timbers from the land seemed like a good idea at the time!" Having grown up "on the land," I've always had a yearning to get back to the land someday. When I was a child, the folks from all over our area would congregate and pitch in to build structures of all kinds. The materials for these projects would typically come from the owner's land. Having labored for some of those old craftsman, it was burned into my mind that nearly anything can be accomplished given enough time and the proper resources. Obviously, you acquired at least a similar way of thinking somewhere along the line. It would also seem that you put this theory to the test at some point as well. How did it go? Did you complete your frame? Did you use your own resources or, as I suspect, did you run into the widespread [modern] problem commonly known as "the bureaucracy?" I'd love to read about your venture if you ever get the time to write about it.

Have a great day,

Bill "


The comment of "Building my own house using timbers from the land seemed like a good idea at the time" came during the 3 months of a "4 week" project of cutting the joints for the 150 timbers for our frame this winter. It was all worth it the day after the frame raising. Regarding the use of our own materials ... we have cut all the timbers, flooring, roof decking etc from trees from the property using our Lumbermate sawmill. Thanks for the note Bill!

Joel

1 Comments:

Anonymous Jessica said...

Hello! We love living off the land as much as possible ourselves!
Enjoyed reading your journal, and it sounds & looks like a beautiful piece of land where you are!
Well we look forward to seeing the progress of your home!

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