The recreation building, begun in May, is now at the first floor level. This week the framers will be installing the oak beams of the first floor. The arches and lintels over the basement floor openings are complete.
The masons have begun work on the first of two masonry heaters in the Recreation Building. These will be fueled by firewood harvested from the monastery grounds and fired periodically during the day to provide the only source of winter heating, hot water and a baking oven.
The drystone woodshed nearby, completed last year, will be used to season the wood which needs to be dryed out for two years before it is ready to be burned.