Porcupine Building

The Butcher Shop at Sugar Mountain

A recent visitor picking up their pastured pork described the butcher shop as a porcupine. It does rather resemble that with all the scaffolding.

The scaffolding is there to make working high up on the building safe. As we built ever upward we, or I should say primarily our son Ben, built a web of walkways and railings leaning out into the air so that we could easily construct forms and pour concrete.

The pouring is basically done, although at some point we’ll add a bit more up top, but the scaffolding remains because we we’re still doing work up high such as installing refrigeration compressors.

The dogs love the scaffolding. The building is built into the hillside in the back so the scaffolding is accessible to them. When visitors arrive some of them sweep around up high and can look down to checkout things in the front. Some like Sirius climb the ladders between scaffolds. Most of them won’t jump from that height although there have been exceptions like Hagrid – The Earth shakes beneath his paws.

Eventually we’ll remove the scaffolding and forms and then put stonework up the outside of the building but that won’t be for a few years. In the mean time the building is a good place to store the concrete forms and the forms in turn protect the insulation.

Outdoors: 80°F/59°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/63°F

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4 Responses to Porcupine Building

  1. Hi Walter. Thank you for a very informative site! We have been able to answer many questions we have encountered in our time raising weaners. We have decided to keep a pair of gilts for the winter this year and attempt to artificially inseminate to have our own piglets for next spring. My question is how do we fence for the winter? We live in south western Ontario and can experience snow storms that drop a significant amount of snow in the course of a day and winds that will form enormous drifts. We are planing to build a straw bale shelter into the side of a hill and run a water hydrant to the pigs. We currently use electric fencing, but I don’t know how well it will hold up to the snow. My instinct tells me that due to the short stocky build of a pig that the snow will hamper a pigs ability to travel very far in the deep snow, but I’m wondering if you have any suggestions about how to provide easy fencing for the winter. Thanks for your help and all the best with your butcher shop! If I ever have the opportunity to travel in your direction we would love to check out your establishment:)

    • In the winter the pigs don’t tend to venture very far. They are easier to fence in during the winter due to the snow since the pigs sink – they’re dense and have small pointy feet.

      Set your electric fences up so the power is carried out by the top wire and such that you can disconnect the lower wires as the snow level climbs. Dry snow doesn’t drag the fence down much but wet snow will.

  2. Pablo says:

    Are those ferns in the foreground?

    • Aye, that they are. This is a north east facing bank by the road. I built the bank up using rich fill from the ditches well over a decade ago. Even though it is in full sun some ferns grow there. It isn’t when which makes it extra surprising.

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