Our goal for getting the barn in Martinez completely torn down and the wood moved to RRHC by the end of September is in sight! Tuesday, we hired workers from Fernando Lujan and Lee Commercial Services for some of the toughest work in the Martinez portion of the barn project.
Seven men joined Alison, Denise, and Joseph to take apart the last of the barn's "wings," disconnect the impressive and heavy beams, carry & sort them into piles, and continue with the removal of nails.
Btw, some of these nails have been firmly embedded since the late 1890s, so crowbars, hammers, and nail removers are put to good use! Everyone wears an assortment of masks, hats, sunglasses, and hearing protection for the job. These guys worked hard yesterday and jokingly referred to themselves as "manimals," but one took a moment to read aloud from a decaying paperback, found among the various "artifacts" on site!
Next up: The site's landowner will provide a forklift to load the remaining cargo onto a flatbed trailer. After receiving the last of the wood at RRHC, volunteers will remove every last nail (even "antique" square nails)! Finally, the wood will be spread out, treated for termite-prevention, and stored in our big blue container.
If you'd like to help with any part of this last phase, contact Alison Clary at 925-595-2347.
Check out a few pictures below to see yesterday's efforts!
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