Thursday, 10 July 2008

Doing it the old way

Today we have our first woman on site, making oak pegs for the roof trusses for the threshing barn.
She starts with blocks of oak, cuts them with a froe into squared sticks, then sitting astride her shaving horse uses her draw knife to round them into the finished article.
After a day off yesterday because of the torrential rain (the river burst its banks at the edge of the farm), the place is now buzzing with activity; I think half the builders in Devon are on site.

6 comments:

Lindsay said...

The usual expression "I like seeing men at work" !! What a lovely job working with wood - must be so satisfying.

Arthur Clewley said...

no she doesn't, she waits untill you're not looking then buggers off to B&Q.

mountainear said...

Get much more of this rain and you will have your carpenters and joiners building an ark....

Paula said...

A square peg in a round hole?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Fabulous pic and description.

Mopsa said...

Lindsay - she seemed happy enough!

Arthur - you cynic! I saw it with my own eyes, it wasn't some tabloid story.

M'ear - I've put in a request.

Paula - ho ho ho

Welshcakes - a little bit of learning is always good - I had never heard of a froe before.