Fairfield CT Garage

 

 

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As lovely as this little barn is--it's beauty is secondary to the joy of the relationship I developed with the crew of Spencer and Lee whose hard work resulted in not only this winsome work of art but in a deep friendship that will only grow. The guys were simply great--as was our client, who while gone a great deal, gave us the keys to the house and made us thoroughly welcome. It is hard to overstate the impact of the privilege of living in someone's home--without which we would be relegated to sterile motels, lots of pizza, and no real place to settle in.

I have made a commitment that I will not build apart from training a crew in tandem with the project--so when Lee and Spencer called wanting to know if there was work--I jumped at the chance to not only have a great couple of carpenters on a time compressed job, but also at preparing them for a large project coming up this summer in their home state of Maine. They were also hungry to learn and we figured we could pull this off in three weeks--which is what it took...along with some snow, ice and torrential rain over a three day weekend--marooning them in the house until it blew over.

We also had a couple of emotional events which are tableaux of who we are and why we work the way we do. Another crew was understaffed and needed help doing a good size and very tall roof in Westborough MA--so I sent Spencer down there to help get it done. This bothered both of them a bit in that it seemed I was arbitrarily "splitting up the team" so we had a candid discussion about their thoughts and feelings and how their perspective differed from mine in being focused solely on this project while I have about six others on front burners--all of which are critical to the well being of Geobarns. I also told them I wanted some one on one time with Lee to diagonally frame--which had never been explained to him before. I think the decision was validated in the aftermath, literally and figuratively--watching the lights go on using the Pythagorean Theorem as Lee used his calculator and discovered the relevance of geometry which was never worth anyone's time in high school 35 or so years ago. It was pretty special and we both knew we had connected on something that actually mattered. As always--building is a metaphor for life.

It was hard to leave--now we have something we cherish and painful to lose/miss while far apart---but they are eager to be back for the interior as the genesis of a new and skilled crew.

george

 

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