A number of Commons members worked with a contractor over the summer to build our common shop. By Thanksgiving it was completely enclosed, although not yet insulated. Tom found a great wood-burning stove on craigslist, which provided warmth and cheer for our potluck and those working inside.
Our excellent wood stove
The space looked especially festive because Tom also put up some holiday lights.
Several people worked in the shop stringing electrical wire and installing electrical boxes. Special thanks to Asa, Tamara, Ben, Nathie, Arnold and Marilea, who won't be Commons residents, but who are friends and supporters. They participated in the work party and then joined us for dinner. We are so grateful for your help.
Arnold drilling holes for wire
Ben and Nathie sawing wood for the electrical project
Asa swinging a hammer
Bob and Arnold reviewing the wiring plan
Other people grubbed out blackberries near the parking lot in preparation for planting shrubs. Some of us who arrived later stayed after the meal to plant baby alders and willow stakes near the north end of the property. These trees will grow quickly in wet soil and begin to shade out the reed canary grass monoculture that has crowded out any other plant over a large part of the wetland.
We all made progress on the built and natural environment and enjoyed the time together. Plus, the food was delicious!
Nikos enjoying the shop's loft