|Finished Notch on the Left, Notch Ready for waste removal on the right|
With lunch time at hand, Don and Richard returned from the campsite and AT with a couple large bags of trash and abondanded gear and reports of several smaller blowdowns removed and 1 large blowdown just upstream needing a chainsaw.
After cutting down to our marks
|Jim chainsaws down to our notch marks|
...... it was chip away at the waste wood in the notches, taking turns with 2 gougues and 1 flat chisel with an occasional chipping away with a hatchet. Meanwhile, Jim, Christine and Richard hiked to the upstream blowdown and made quick work of its removal.
The notches were soon done, test fit found them nicely resting over the sills and so it was time to mark the tops for flattening (oh and another cookie from Mary's cache)!
|Marking the flat top with pencil and chalk line|
Then the sawing to the marks and chipping with the hatchets began in earnest
And last the most important full load test of the completed Bridge!
|Don, Christine, Loren, Bob, Mary, Jim, Richard|
My thanks to all who participated on this project. We had a great time, our bridge will have a good long life and carry many a hiker safely over Race Brook.
Note: most of the pictures on this and the other posts on this project were taken by our ace photographer, Richard (thanks much Richard!).