The house was to be modeled after our straw bale octagon only it was to be a simpler rectangular design. The first step was to order the marble for the foundation (for more information on not digging for the foundation -The True Foundation of Building). Due to inflation the cost of the marble had skyrocketed from $45 to $75 dollars a load making the total cost of the foundation at $150 for two loads of marble.
Right away Megan had to develop new skills. The full marble pieces weighed 220 pounds and she had to learn how to move them into place using momentum, bars, and brute force. The foundation had to be level and square with the correct dimensions so using various tools became part of the everyday process.
Megan hewed the beams using an adz (for more information Volunteers for Peace, Part 1 - Hand Hewing and Building a Foundation ) and had to learn how to use a chain saw. As time went on she became more proficient in her work. The logs piled up and we all began to realize that this was much more of a job than any of us thought. As the frame went up there were still more logs needed for the joists, collar ties and knee braces. All the positive virtues explained in the beginning seemed to fall away and we reached a low point, however we still had to press on to get ready for a planned work party.
The next two days were so inspiring. We had a full crew that knew what they were doing and everyone had their own ideas and knowledge. We pieced these ideas together and made getting the roof built exciting and enjoyable. We worked, we ate, we laughed, what more can you want?
roof became easier