|Sam is at ease in his new profession|
|Dan wields "the persuader" used to get stubborn joints to fit together|
Dan's shop is a greenhouse that he built by his house after seeing a greenhouse go up at our farm. While our greenhouses are full of vegetables, his was full of the timbers that we had followed from the woodlot to this location. Dan takes a careful plan, and cuts notches and holes in the timbers so that they will fit together nicely. The timbers are always worked while they are green, since they are most perfectly straight and square before they start to dry. Pine and hemlock are relatively stable, but the cuts and notches are all made in such a way as to allow for some expansion and contraction as the wood dries. Many of the cuts are made with a saw, but then chisels are used for the finer shaping.
|This cool chainsaw device is used to make plunge cuts like the one to the right|
|The details of this cut were finished by hand with a chisel|
|"How do you move the timbers into the shop, anyway?" "With this dolly!" "Really?"|