Taproot Farm & Fruit

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A family CSA farm and community orchard in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. 

Raising day

In late July of 2014, the day we had been dreaming about for over a year finally came.

After looking at Sketchup drawings that Andy Skoglund drafted over and over all winter and spring, it finally came time to gather the crew and get the first four bents (aka cross sections) put up. 

Getting situated, a couple of cuts left to make. 

Getting situated, a couple of cuts left to make. 

First bent pre-assembled on the deck.

First bent pre-assembled on the deck.

About a dozen family and friends came out to help; Mike Yaker and Kieth Rockett graciously led us through the process, and by the end of day one we had four bents pre-assembled and laying on the ground, ready to be raised.

A big beard is helpful but  not required for timber framing.

A big beard is helpful but  not required for timber framing.

The next day was raising day. Being that we're cautious and risk averse folks, we rented a crane instead of opting for the 100 friend approach. We'll have a hand-raising later this summer for the front and back shed roofs that are only 8 feet tall, but for the 22 foot tall behemoth, I was sure glad to have some heavy equipment...

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Note root cellar entrance. Pretty excited about that.

Note root cellar entrance. Pretty excited about that.

Once the two bents are in position, you've got to get them all connected and braced. 

Once the two bents are in position, you've got to get them all connected and braced. 

Then the crane drops in the rafters while trapeze artist Wayde gets them into position. 

Then the crane drops in the rafters while trapeze artist Wayde gets them into position. 

Don't tell your wife we let you do this...

Don't tell your wife we let you do this...

Ceremonial pine bough and thanks given to the trees.

Ceremonial pine bough and thanks given to the trees.

We've had a lot of help with this along the way, and I'm sure will have much more before it's done. We're really lucky to be a part of such a great community, and you have no idea how touched we were to see you show up bright and early on a work day to help us out. Particular thanks goes to Andy Skoglund of Skoglund Woodworks for designing the barn and giving lots and lots of advice along the way as we muddled through cutting braces, rafters and joists. Mike Yaker of Woodjoiners came in when we realized that this frame would consume our lives if we let it and cut all posts, beams, connectors and other miscellany in under a month, not to mention helping lead the raising. Keith Rockett of Live Wood LLC came to help out the last four days; we couldn't have gotten it done without him.