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Blog series by Peter Oxley updated 1593 days ago 3 parts 10153 reads 37 comments total

Part 1: The Old Barn

2441 days ago by Peter Oxley | 10 comments »

A discussion about free wood led to some conversation about barn lumber. We have an old barn that came with this place, and I thought I’d share some of our efforts to keep it standing. This is not a majestic old barn built by a well-to-do country gentleman. This was built by a poor depression-era farmer out of whatever he could cobble together. Despite our efforts to keep it standing, we often have people stop by to “offer” to tear it down for us if we let them have the ...

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Part 2: Neighbors ... sort of

2406 days ago by Peter Oxley | 18 comments »

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting my LJ “neighbor” Thos. Angle today when I invaded his jobsite. He had mentioned where he would be working today, and I barged in (let this be a warning to the rest of you)! When I joined LJ, Tom was one of the first to welcome me and we kidded about being “neighbors” since we only live about two hours apart. Since then, he has offered words of wisdom and advice in response to most of my questions and comments. I find his res...

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Part 3: This just about sums it up for me ...

1593 days ago by Peter Oxley | 9 comments »

When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.” – John Ruskin

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