Friday, March 2, 2012
Bridge Building by Carlisle W.
Recently we decided to build a bridge connecting the six-acre FMA property to the rest of the campus. The bridge we are building is constructed entirely of trees, which we have felled near the bridge site. We cut two of the trees into girders to form the main support for the bridge. Then we dug a hole for the girders to fit into, clearing out all the rocks in the way. All the logs used in the construction had to be peeled down to bare wood prior to using them to ensure they do not rot. I was one of the lucky ones stripping the trees, which was hard but rewarding work. I also harvested boulders from the rock quarry site, transporting them to the bridge and breaking them into smaller pieces used to support the girders. At this point, the girders are in place, and this article will be continued in the next edition.