Front Scaffolds Down


Butcher Shop Front – Scaffold Down

Ben, who is now 18, built nearly all of the scaffolding on the butcher shop project. His work kept us safe when we were 25′ up in the air as we poured the walls and roof of our big project. The dogs have loved having the scaffolding as it gives them a high cliff from which to watch the goings on of the world – an unintended bonus.
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This week Ben took down the scaffolding from the front of the building. It creates an illusion that makes the butcher shop even taller than it used to look. I think that is because previously the scaffolding projected outward while now it is a shear cliff along the face of the building.


Front Steps of Butcher Shop

The wooden forms which we used to pour the building in place will stay on for a few more years. They are covering the insulation which protects it from the weather. Eventually we’ll take those forms off to reuse them for another project but until then the outside of the building is a good place to store them. Some of these forms actually came from other projects like the south field shed and building our cottage. Reuse, repurpose, recycle.

Right around the front door of the butcher shop the pink foam insulation was exposed so Ben painted that to protect it from the weather. A someday project is that we’ll be cladding the exterior of the butcher shop with stone. That won’t happen until after we’ve finished building out the smokehouse, chillers and slaughter sections. Those parts of the project make money which pays for the building while cladding with stone work is just pretty and fun. Practicality rules as there is no zoning or homeowners association to be bothered out here in the sticks.


Lumber from Scaffold for Awning

Ben’s next project on the outside is he’s going to make a awning over the front door, stoop, steps and sidewalk that projects out past where we park the van on the inspector’s slab. This will shed rain and snow making the steps safer as well as loading and unloading more pleasant. That awning might not happen for a few months as it is not a high priority until fall nor is it necessary to opening the butcher shop for meat cutting – a date we’re fast approaching. The awning is little luxury but one we’re looking forward to having.

Scaffolding at the mid-level and high-level are still visible along the north side, the dark side of the building. We needed to take to take down the front scaffold to do the awning but the rest of the scaffold will stay on for a while both so we can continue to reach the roof easily where I’m doing ventilation pipes for plumbing and there’s no need for that lumber yet so it’s a good place to store it for now.

Peeking over the top of the roof you can see the start of the tower. Higher Mech will eventually be up there with refrigeration compressors. The tower gives us natural ventilation so we can control the airflow in the building without the use of fans. A solid state non-electric solution that uses rising air pressure and the wind to do the job.

Outdoors: 79°F/35°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/63°F

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6 Responses to Front Scaffolds Down

  1. Jacob J. J. says:

    Great jobben keeping all of you safe up there!! I would be scared to be climing around whay up there! Dont you worry about the dogs falling if there going up on the scafold?

    • They don’t seem to have a fear of heights although they are respectful. We’ve never had a dog fall off the scaffolding – knock on wood. Some of them climb ladders and the scaffolds have railings around for keeping us safe. In the wild they climb cliffs and trees on occasion despite not having retractable claws. The only dog that has jumped from those heights is Hagrid who was a giant and used to climb up on the old hay shed roof that was where the butcher shop now stands. Sometimes rather than climbing back down he would simply jump down the 12′ from to the ground. He was also capable of jumping straight up and clearing an 8′ fence. As mentioned, he was a giant. Normal dogs should not try those stunts at home. The dogs do seem very aware of edges and seem to take care. One joke among them is they drop things down on us. Little things like a stone. Remus and Hanno I’ve caught doing that in what seems like purposeful manner and then they have a sly grin. I think it is a variation on their tail grabbing “Gotcha!” which is the equivelant of some human jokes.

  2. Servius says:

    “The tower gives us natural ventilation so we can control the airflow in the building without the use of fans. A solid state non-electric solution that uses rising air pressure and the wind to do the job.”

    Have you described your system for this before?

    • I’ve written about the various features of the tower in passing. It has many different functions. Right now the tower is just a stub that projects up above the central mechanical rooms as a hump in the roof and then a short cupola. Later we’ll make one and then possibly a second tower level above which will make the natural ventilation effect even stronger. Then it will really need a steeple on top to finish it off. Or maybe an onion dome.

  3. deb says:

    Walter,
    The butcher shop looks fabulous – what a great job you all have done! And, what an inspiration. Around our small farmstead we’ve come to ask the question, “What would Walter do?” whenever we’re stumped. Thank you for all the guidance!! Here’s another question for you – I’m trying to figure out my herd management and need a boost of Walter-confidence. I have shelters and open paddocks where the pigs get out of the sun, bed down for the ngt, etc…. the sows tend to use the shelters to farrow. They have open access to pasture, but there is no coverage there. My worry is the other pigs around the newborn piglets, so I’ve been putting up panels around the shelter that houses the latest farrowing sow. This has mixed results. The “caged” sow isn’t thrilled and the other pigs are curious to the point of distraction. I don’t have the confidence to let everyone co-mingle and wonder if you can speak to my concern. I’m just starting to grow my production and hate to lose even 1 piglet to a misplaced foot or territory tussle. Thanks loads for your wisdom! Deb

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