The siding on the canopy at the chapel was forty years old or so, way past due for replacement. We brought new cedar boards, purchased with funds donated by members of EFUMC and other Ellettsville Scouters. Ed had lots of tools on hand. I brought my big extension ladder, which saw a lot of use. I'm going to hurt tomorrow after so much ladder work.
Tacking up boards was the easy part. Stripping off the old cladding, removing the nails, and piecing in extra lengths as we climbed toward the top were hard. At the same time, we cut off some low-hanging branches to open up the view. We cleaned up all the debris.
At the end, we were ready to do the last two runs and trim the final project, but the sun was setting. Ed said he could finish up things from here. We had worked steadily for seven and a half hours. I am very, very proud of our Venturers. And I am very grateful to those who donated to the project or otherwise helped get everything organized and delivered.
Once everything is all prettied up and finished, maybe we can all gather out at camp and enjoy a service in the chapel.
The first board is the most crucial
Doesn't take power tools to rip off the siding
Putting up boards
The pace picks up
Seth grinds off nail heads, erasing our mistakes
Closing in on the goal
Piecing in more length