Our Outdoor Classroom starts to take shape!

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Last summer, thanks to the generosity and hard work of parent volunteers and our staff, especially Facilities Manager Nathaniel Hall, we started clearing land to expand our outdoor classroom beyond a fire circle to add a beautiful, timber frame structure. First, a plot of land was identified, measured, and cleared. Next, logs to be used for the frame were felled. We are very proud that all of the wood for this project was logged on school property!


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The next step was to take the logs to Carl Mosher’s shop, Applewood Custom Sawing, for milling. The now milled logs were then returned to our school site. That’s when our builders, Far Out Framers, joined the project. Using traditional building techniques and tools, including a 150-year-old chisel pictured below, they are preparing the posts and beams that will become our outdoor classroom!

 

This fall, our students have been able to spend time with Jenny and Phil from Far Out Framers to learn about the methods employed for traditional timber frame construction. We’re excited to continue to see the progress and help with the timber frame raising in a few weeks!

Alexandra Bodel