We’ve never experienced a timber raising and weren’t sure what to expect. It was a beautiful day and friends, family and neighbors came out to take part in this milestone moment of our journey to build a more sustainable life.
There was a small crew from New Energy Works, but it was obvious they were well experienced as they quickly got to work laying out all the precut Douglas fir timbers and organizing them for their new “home”. We really appreciated that everyone on the crew was friendly and willing to take the time to answer questions and explain what they were doing. The timbers were impressively large and perfectly cut to fit together like a puzzle with wooden ash pegs driven in to secure the joints. As part of the NEW tradition we passed around one peg for signing and it was strategically driven in a section of the frame, symbolizing the importance of family and friends as part of our home’s framework.
As each timber section was raised and put in place, we could really begin to see our home take shape. As our house is a relatively small hybrid timber frame house, everything was in place by 2pm. We had goose bumps when the timber with our quote was put in place.
Although we didn’t have a “ceremony” per se, at the end of the day when all were gone and we were there alone standing under the timbers, we were filled with a spiritual awe as we quietly reflected on our engraved quote: “Let nature inspire your soul.” Looking out across the water, touching the warmth of the timber and feeling the gentle breeze wash over us like nature’s breath made us feel so alive, connected and at peace with everything.
Now, keeping this same inspiration, we move onto the rest of the details.