After our first house building experience, Jon started with a friend from the ground up.
Day 1, Morning 1:
Stakes and string marked off the future walls, men poured in from all directions.
Discussing wall placement
Sawing logs to frame the house
Let the walls begin!
A separate group of men worked in a nearby pasture, peeling the bark and notching the wood.
Do you see the hut in the background? The closest one is for livestock, the further is the house where the family has been living.
Many hands make light work.
A few of the many neighbors who came to help
This sweet woman, Asmarich, is delighted for her new home but also stayed up all night, making injera for this crowd. She was exhausted.
The father and daughter of the house.
Placing the ceiling beams. They were notched by the carpenters. Jon is one of the workers at the top.
The girls and I were served lunch in the hut.
They thought it was the best thing ever, they love potato wet.
These women bustled to prepare the next meal..
The woman on the right is a Mother-in-law. She told me this is a sad time of year as one year ago, her mother and father died, but that she is joyful that her daughter will have a home.
Does your six year old wield a large, curved knife to peel potatoes?
Picture overload, I will never have the internet to post all of this, so it just became part 1. Stay tuned. :)