barn raising


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barn raising

In the United States before the 20th century, a cooperative effort in which the elements of the framework for a large barn were assembled and lifted into place. The walls were supported by sections of a massive timber framework, called bent frames. First, the cellar was dug and the barn floor constructed. Next, the bent frames were assembled on the ground adjacent to the barn by fitting the various components of the frame together and fastening them with wood pegs driven into previously drilled holes. Finally, at the appropriate locations, each bent frame was raised into an upright position by the use of long poles with steel points (barn pikes) and then interconnected with other bent frames. See the illustration under bent frame showing how the bent frames were raised, an action that required considerable manpower and therefore the assistance of neighbors; this collaborative effort is also known as a barn raising or raising bee.
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Who knows how to do a barn raising? Everyone was willing to help, but no one could give them what they really needed.
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It's like the contrast between a vending machine and a barn raising.
Government can be described through two opposing images: one is a vending machine and the other is a barn raising. Government as a vending machine means that we put our money in and get a candy bar out, and that is all we need do.
This will be a community event in the spirit of an old-fashioned barn raising. Various mini workshops will also be held during the week including smoking meat, bio-dynamic gardening and the homestead dairy.
Afterwards - just as you would for a barn raising - they had a big party.
Once on site, the prefabricated columns were erected in a day, recalling a traditional barn raising when rural communities pitched in to build simple rustic structures.
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The word "bee"--as in "spelling bee"--dates back several hundred years when it was used to refer to a community or social gathering at which friends and neighbours join together in a single activity, such as sewing quilting or barn raising.