Thursday, August 31, 2006

we begin cutting timbers and other things

this coming weekend we'll begin sawing and chiseling the timbers we milled earlier in the summer into frame components for the kitchen, marking the beginning of our volunteer-powered construction season, a bit late to start, but starting nonetheless! the fall is a great time to work and hopefully we'll have a good two months to get the foundation and frame up for the kitchen.

for the next two months we will be working regularly, especially weekends. if you sign up for our work list at the fcd website you'll get notices of opportunities to help. the more help we get the faster we'll have a kitchen.

the septic system, well and 95% of the earthwork are complete, tremendous accomplishments!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is fine work. And now I'd like to air some worries.
I hope that the constructionist vision so supported in consensus decisions
doesn't become the dom. theme. I've been a past donor and was assured after the Meadow I and Road-ext were built, that have no fear, no more clearing would be done. Consensus is important but having an environmental review by a friendly face could point out things that might be missed in the tight circle of consensus.
The idea of clearing large amounts of land (as I feel was done) to support future agriculture seems a city-slicker's fantasy. I see many houses being built today where shade trees are being spared.
And these people aren't radical faeries... some of them are Republicans. I have my doubts about agriculture on the N. side of a mountain. Also I'm worried that our buildings will be very hot at times without shade. Or at least without shade in my remaining lifetime. In short I'm disturbed that we're radical except when it comes to environmentalism. Holes in the forest invite all kinds of plant and animal invasives.
Blue Heron has a fine kitchen and dining area... it's surrounded by trees. How in the world did they manage that? Consensus is a good method but it's not perfect.
George Bush has consensus on his staff too, I'm sure.
I'm hoping, against hope ?, that future building can be done in a more friendly way. I'm hoping that farming dreams can be squared with reality. My fondest memories of childhood are sitting under a shade tree at Grandma's house. While large funds will undoubtably be spent on the construction endeavors, is there a chance that a few hundred dollars could be apportioned to planting of somewhat larger trees that might serve as shade trees? The kind that come with guarantees are best. Hopefully native trees (Not Norway Maples), that grow short and wide to provide shade.
There are people who've made a life's work of studying nature, ecosystems, plants, birds, soils etc. The consensus of the future should rely on such persons so that the needs of the earth are not subjugated to an overdominant constructionist vision. I will visit the land again when I feel safe, when I feel it's really faerie space. Faerie is many things, and what I write may sound radical, but in the future will be mainstream thinking. Thank you for listening, this is not meant to be a tirade, I hold you all with the greatest love and respect.

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