Keep the Party Going!

– by Tom Sine —

readying the beamsWe had an incredible weekend partying in the Mustard Seed Village on Camano Island. Wish you could have been with us.

Picture 11 men and women, 2 kids and 2 dogs. As we arrived at the site of our first building picture a large concrete slab 40 feet long and 20 feet wide with 6 tall fir logs standing erect embedded in the concrete. There were 2 more logs embedded in the ground 20 feet from one end of the concrete slab.

As arrived we saw the 8 huge beams awaiting us…32 feet long weighing 600 pounds each that Cascade had delivered to start to put a roof on the classroom. So all we had to do was to lift two of those beams at the same time 10 feet in the air and bolt them two logs spanning the 20 foot wide slabs.

Any suggestions? I didn’t have any either.

lifting the beamsThankfully Greg Abell brought some workers from Bainbridge Island who knew just what to do and how to do it. Greg rented two “beam lifters.” Believe it or not they can lift two beams at the same time weighing a total of 12.000 pounds as easily as peddling two bicycles.

As you watch the video you will see how our MSA friends joined our Bainbridge Island friends working together as a team. Dennis Todd our project director heading our team and Greg Abell heading the other team. Brad Glenn, a Camano Island carpenter is a crucial part of our team being involved in each stage of the process under Dennis’ leadership.

Drilling the beamsBut the guy who made it all come together was an experienced construction professional Martin Bailey, He knew exactly how to raise two beams at a time, position them (with the help of a very large sledge hammer). Then he used a monster drill to drill through not only the two large beams but also the fir log that kept them apart. Finally, Martin bolted them all together with a 13 inch bolt.

Teamwork!Our combined team did their stunning dance of carry, lift, drill, position and bolt those beams two at a time…four times. Thank God no one got injured. Greg Abell led us all in a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for this remarkable day of beam lifting and bolting.

We celebrate by consuming monster subway sandwiches, corn chips and chocolate chip cookies and feeling very grateful to God for this important step in putting a roof on our first classroom. As soon as we complete the roof we can start offering classes on innovative ways to create sustainable life and sustainable faith for ourselves and our communities for times like these.

Want to help us keep the Party going? You can help us Raise the Roof.


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