The Wildwood Outdoor Classroom
|Left above, city augur coming in.
Right above, augur going into the ground.
At left, augur boring away, making another hole. Earlier hole visible to left of workers.
|Once the holes were ready, Frank and Bill Taylor cleaned them out down to 24 inches depth. Then Frank and two helpers, Seth Lacy and Seth Gillespie, mixed and poured 24 bags of concrete into the holes, three bags to a hole. This created a footer slab on which the located metal brackets for the 6 x 6 posts. The brackets were carefully positioned with batter boards, string, and plumb bobs. Below left, shows a metal bracket carefully located at the bottom of a hole. Once the brackets were position Frank and Seth Lacy set the 12-foot, 6 x 6 poles into the brackets, squared them, plumbed them, and braced them. At right, A 6 x 6 post is shown inserted into the bracket. Note the positioning strings in each picture.|
|ConRock poured concrete into each hole up to ground level on August 15th. Next, the poles will have to be cut to level and then prepared for the girders. Mark your calendars for September 10th! Barnraising day, the roof trusses will go up on the girders. Volunteers who would like to help should contact Pathways. We'll need lots of hands to have an old-fashioned community barn-raising. Pie and lemonade is promised to volunteers. Below, Seth Lacy and his friend, Foster, rest from their hard work and admire the precisely positioned posts.|
The Outdoor Classroom Story:
The Outdoor Classroom is Planned
The Poles Go Up
The Beams Go on the Poles
Radford High School Helps Out
Community Barn Raising: 1. The Roof Trusses
Community Barn Raising: 2. Support for the Workers
Community Barn Raising: 3. Finishing the Roof
The Classroom Finally in Use
Page last modified: 13 March 2006