Volunteers working at the Maasdam Barns, July and August, 2011
Volunteers work on the Show Barn. (July 16, 2011)
Repairing a window on the south end of the Show Barn. (July 16, 2011)
Touching up the fill where the old pond was. (July 16, 2011)
Arranging for an electrical fixture in the Welcome Center bathroom. (July 16, 2011)
This is how a few of the volunteers celebrated their birthdays. (July 16, 2011)
Volunteers return to the Show Barn on Aug 06, 2011.
A protective cage being built in a room of the Show Barn. (Aug 06, 2011)
Small tools will be displayed here.
These three birds have just been sitting here watching, barely moving.
Work starts on a wooden floor in the first stall on the southwest side of the Mare Barn to show how a stall's wooden floor would have looked. (Aug 6, 2011)
First, sleepers (beams)are laid, using a smoothing scoop for cleaning out and leveling the trough the sleepers are set into. This tool was also invaluable in helping to create the bed for drainage tiles installed in fields.
Leveled and ready for the planks. Without a wooden floor the dirt floors would get churned up and become muddy. If a horse falls, bones may break that can't be repaired.
Keith Shafer checks the thickness of the locally grown honey locust planks he prepared at his sawmill. Honey Locust is very tough to cut and machine.
Because locust so tough to cut, the locust tree is prepared for harvest by girdling the tree, which causes the tree to eventually die and fall over.
Most Honey Locusts have extremely sharp, long thorns. This feature makes the tree inconvenient to harvest and saw. The thorns, which do not rot, grow in clusters and can reach 4 inches in length, so they can puncture boot soles and tractor tires after the tree falls over.
The next week, Keith cuts them to length. The normal saw blades become dull with locust, so he uses a chainsaw. (Aug 13, 2011)
Honey Locust was the preferred flooring for stables. Its resistance to rot and exceptional hardness results in little wear from iron horse shoes.
Once in place, the planks are screwed to the sleepers.
Final check. (Aug 13, 2011)
Meanwhile, the other stall dirt floors must be leveled out so lime chips can be placed there. (Aug 13, 2011)
The information sign for the Show Barn being installed. (Aug 13, 2011)
The Louden stanchions are installed in the Show Barn. (Aug 6, 2011)
These Louden stanchions and the Louden Litter Carrier were obtained from in an old barn in Monroe, IA
Preparing the overhead tracks for the Louden Litter Carrier in the Show Barn. (Aug 13, 2011)
Setting the height of the tracks. (Aug 13, 2011)
Painting the kitchen in the Welcome Center. (Aug 13, 2011)
Painted kitchen cabinet doors and drawers drying in the basement. (Aug 13, 2011)
Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, July 16, Aug 6 & 13, 2011.
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