I built two new beams (now curing on the ground), and raised the first one to spring from the undercroft to the piers. It's beginning to look like something!
View from uphill, somewhere around the bedroom window location-to-be
View from downhill on the path to the creek
It takes me about 3 1/2 hours to build a pair of 16-foot beams. Spreading glue takes the most time. It takes about two hours per beam to raise them and fit them into place. That doesn't mean two hours of hauling on ropes and shoving great baulks of timber around -- that only takes a few minutes. The most of one's time in raising these pigs is spent fiddling. Getting the hoist in place and balanced just right. Tying off correctly. Going up and down ladders, making adjustments. And so on. But slow or not, progress is being made.