I've had the opportunity to learn and exercise many skills as we went from wilderness
to home; carpentry, engineering, plumbing, and following directions for some examples. Some
I pick up on better than others, but everything that must be done sooner or later will be.
One of the first things we needed when we moved into the mobile home was somewhere
to keep all of our yard tools and equipment. I went to a home supply place and got a kit for
a metal yard barn and treated wood to make a floor. The brochure implied that the Three Stooges
themselves could do it. The Yard Barn Page
I've got these twenty acres here, but more than half the land was almost inaccessible. I set
out to show that you don't have to have a degree in civil engineering to build a bridge. But it would
likely help. The Swamp Bridge
Even tractors and backhoes need somewhere to stay. So we built a barn. Barn Raising
A backhoe also needs a reason to stay. I sort of invented a reason to keep Old Stoney
after the pond was finished - the hunt club that leases all the land around us lets me be a member
One of the advantages of working for free is that you can get by with minimal supervision and
work on what you want. For instance, if you think what is needed is a new boat landing...
The wildlife other than beavers have cause to be appreciative. Some of Old Stoney's work is more to their benefit.
Mr. Haney, the Farmall H, was purchased to use on projects, not to be one. He did have
a few infirmities when he arrived, though. He's all better now.
Mr. Haney, being bored with retired life, takes on a part time job in road maintenance.
When routine maintenance gets to project status the tough get going. Some examples are showing
Sometimes a great project turns out, in the long run, to be half baked.
It can result in a situation such as the one that as gets covered in The Great Wall.
I had such success with that application of railroad ties that I felt confident to try again on a retaining
wall for the company driveway. We called it "The High Wall."
Some of our work is for our wild friends. The Owl Houses, for a sample.
And some is just to keep the roof over our heads, rather than down on them.
Just getting what is needed for future projects can be a series of projects itself.
I got the lower drive to match the upper a little better when I lucked into a free way of Paving the Lower Drive.