Plasma cutting steel staircase Tung oil applied on trim woodwwork Floors milled from site grown trees Septic field restoration Reflecting afternoon sun Birth of a barn on Bragg Hill Radiant floors Solar panel installation Capping off the chimney Proud shape emerges on the hilltop Pumping concrete into the three gables Forming 12x12 Gables Delivering concrete from the sky Parallam beam positioning Flying flitch beam ICF window framing Precision concrete placement Lower level ICF fabrication Newly excavated driveway Finishing garage deck concrete Pouring concrete footers Rebar safety caps Surveying the construction site Checking out the excavation equipment Rapid soil stabilization Testing the soils for drainage Taking Solar Pathfinder measurements Milling downed trees onsite View to the Southeast over the Benzel Family Trust Future meadow to be cultivated Taking a stroll on Bragg Hill Road

Milling Trees Onsite

Prior to our purchase of the undeveloped property now known as 60 Bragg Hill, we found that the wooded acreage had been pillaged by loggers who decimated our newly purchased woodlands.  The largest of the trees had been “harvested” leaving a tangled web of hastily cut stumps and and many damaged trees from the trucks and earth moving equipment that raped the forest with abandon.  To help us clean up the mess while providing us with future lumber for the new home, we hired Jim Thompson from Through The Woods, LLC.

Jim artistry was immediately evident as he carefully milled the remaining carcasses of former trees into usable wood for the construction of our new home. During the fall of 2008, Jim came to Bragg Hill with his portable on-site saw mill.  He carefully extracted many usable planks of hickory, black walnut, and cherry from the logs left behind from the loggers.  Several of the large black walnut board milled from these trees, will be used for our future kitchen counter tops.

On Jim Thompson’s instructions, we carefully stacked, spaced, and covered the freshly milled wood for aging and protection from the elements.

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