Kids’-eye views

This is not to be missed!


Mrs. Leverton’s kindergarten class visited the site and clearly enjoyed making their thank-you cards.  Some of them were pretty astute in what they noticed.




Check out the full PDF and relive your early youth, for a minute!  Thanks, all of you superb young ones!


Postpartum fatigue, fascination


A quick note to let everyone know the Pemberton Barn frame is standing and solid.  Most of the crew are safe at home, a few others are touring BC or still making their way East to rejoin families.  We finished up on Sunday about noon, and the afternoon was a series of heartfelt goodbyes and thanks as people packed up and headed away.  I’m still processing all my feelings about the event and “the greatest people I know” so I’ll keep this short.


This is a great contemporary heavy timber structure!  It was an honour to craft this with 70 of my friends and I look forward to visiting it on all my future trips up the valley.  The kind people of the village took very good care of us and we enjoyed sharing the experience with them.  Make no mistake—this is a big building and required lots of hard work by the entire crew to complete.  Most pieces are of 12 x 12 dimension, so just turning them over requires planning and some finesse.  This entire structure was fabricated and raised in just over two weeks by an enthusiastic group of volunteers (mixed professionals and enthusiasts).  As some on the street noted, “You can’t get this kind of work out of paid professionals – why do this people do it for fun?”  That is the philosophical question to ponder until we meet again.


This picture shows some of the interior details of the barn.  The round log Pratt Trusses are cambered 2 in. to compensate for expected shrinking of the timbers over time.  We are sure the village will treasure this new building and take care of it; it will be used daily for a full range of public events and the popular Farmer’s Market.

Our team, part 1

Here’s the cast of volunteers and leads who worked on the project—the first half of them, anyway. (Splitting into two posts for easier viewing.)  Thanks to all of you for coming together and volunteering your efforts in order to build a great community resource.











Day 13: all bents up, purlins proliferate

Day 13 (Saturday) began with a little rain, but nobody was complaining.  The greater rain yesterday dropped the heat, settled the dust, and renewed everyone’s motivation, as did the steady progress.


Picking and placing the final bent, end of Day 12.

By the end of Saturday, Day 13, the final two king post trusses were set on the second pair of Pratt trusses, the three bays of aisle walls on each side were up, and the purlin procession advanced steadily.  Two bays and-a-bit of high purlins remain to go in (which we’d like to do soon so we can free up the big crane), plus about three or four bays of the aisle purlins.

Several people were leaving that night, which prompted an early set of the wetting bush and some group photos.


Jean-Francois Brodeur, Suzanne Belanger, and Shiloh Spence-Hammarlund get the wetting bush up, via a manlift.


Shaw TV “go! Sea to Sky” full show posted on YouTube

Here’s the link to the full show.  watch the entire episode

The Pemberton Barn site was used as a back drop for the whole episode, so you’ll see the raising in the background behind host Heather Butts as she introduces each segment for the show.

The segment just on the Barn is covered in the show’s last segment.

Don’t miss the video outtakes which close of this episode; there are a couple of minutes of video vignettes that you might want to see.