Arundel Maine Workshop Residence
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To George, Lee, Bob and Stephen;
Doreen and I continue to enjoy the outstanding work and craftsmanship when we see the building through our eyes and while reviewing the many photos that we have. This experience exceeded the high expectations that we both had while designing and waiting for the weather in Maine to allow the site preparation last year (May 11 the concrete was finally poured).
As you know with the actual work of the barn starting after we had completed our final household move from Seattle to Wisconsin there was significant pent up energy for the crew and us and when the walls were finally going up it was the start of a great long anticipated dream years in the making.
Lee, Bob and Stephen have been adopted as part of our family through the months that passed building the barn. Showing the type of craftsmanship that typically would be seen when someone is building their own building. A comment that I heard from the guys multiple times was this building is ours until we turn it over to you, a sentiment of the love that they had for the building each and everyday. I also really appreciated the ability to be participating as a part-time crew member during the build. The crew was very much a top quality "George Crew" bringing high standards and carpentry techniques during the build that provided for an exemplary example of providing a building which will be shared and enjoyed for many future generations of our family.
To sum up what I was able to see on a daily basis was the equivalent of ants on an ant hill, each participant knowing what needed to be completed and in the most efficient manner yet working as a well oiled machine together.
To say that we enjoyed the crew and the experience of the the barn going up last year is a huge understatement, I try to share with anyone that will listen the barn build experience I was able to watch and participate in. There have been many local neighbors that have stopped by for a tour of the build and I really wish you could be there to watch their faces as they see the workmanship and techniques used. For many of the people that have heard my stories and viewed the pictures of the barn going up they can't believe that this dedication, craftsmanship, and work ethic still exists. For me it was like watching history in the making, very similar to stories from my Grandfather when he came over from Norway to work as a carpenter.
To bring the story up to date, there were over nine (9) feet of snow that fell on the barn last winter, as a family my daughters were in Maine with Doreen and I in January and they were able to see first the barn shell that now existed for our family (after plowing through four (4) feet of snow to get there) and picture what is yet to come for the inside of the building. To say there were excited would be an gross understatement. We are now getting ready once again to make another journey to Maine and finalize how we will complete the plans for the inside of the barn.
To George and the crew, if I may share words that I heard from my Father and Grandfather as I was growing up, "mange tusen takk", for a job well done.
Paul and Doreen