And here we have the "after"photo with me, as usual, finding a comfy place to perch my lazy ass. Walls are framed with 2x6 studs, two-feet on center, sheathed with random width 1x boards. Insulation will be blown in, dense pack cellulose. Cheap, simple, fast, effective, and energy efficient enough. Pick any five. Thanks again to @shanzee1 for the pic and for the help.
And here we have the raising of the first wall, constructed entirely from lumber sawn from logs I pulled from the forest of this land. In my humble opinion, one of the greatest pleasures of working with primary resources is the way each step of the process becomes caught in the web of the mind, the memories layered atop one another, little stories to be retold across time, even if only to one's self. So raising the wall I think of the day I got the tractor stuck and it was barely zero. I was swearing and despite the cold, sweating, and despite it all happier than I had any right to be. Or maybe just as happy as I had every right to be. And I think of stacking the fresh sawn boards with my boys, one of those insufferably hot days back in early July, and they were grumbling at first, but then we got into some bawdy joking about something ridiculous and unprintable, and pretty soon, the stack was tall and proud.
From a pragmatic standpoint, there's a lot to say about framing walls, which I'll get to in a subsequent post or two. What I like about this photo is that Penny's the only one actually doing anything, while the rest of us just stand there, trying to look like we're actually contributing.
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