Northwood Before

Huge and Hollow

Deep into the winter of 2014, a banner stretched like caution tape across the front of¬†Northwood Congregational Church. It implored commuters from Portsmouth and Concord, “Don’t Judge a Church By It’s Outside. Look for Restoration Coming Soon!” The red text on white vinyl was the freshest trim on the front facade. The porch sagged, the…

Randall's Hill dairy barn, before

Heavy Lifting on Randall’s Hill

Reading Dave Ewing’s paper on the history of moving buildings, I started thinking about the part lifting buildings plays in our work (it’s a starring role), and the part that screws and other simple machines play in that lifting (co-starring the skid steer). This year, we repaired a barn on Randall’s Hill in Montville. It…