After weather-related delays, construction of the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium’s Creekside Center, its new canoe and kayak livery, is scheduled to begin today and continue through Friday.
The public is invited to attend at any time during the three-day raising to watch a centuries-old craft take place.
New Energy Works Timberframers of Farmington, will raise the antique frame of a reclaimed 19th-century barn. It will stand alongside Sugar Creek on the museum’s waterfront campus in Branchport, giving it a second life. The company, which refurbished the frame and its joinery, specializes in the reclamation and restoration of timber-framed projects.
Timber framing is a traditional form of building, using heavy timbers joined together by mortise-and-tenon joints that are held together with wooden pegs. No nails are used.
The craft is sought after not only for its aesthetics, but for its longevity and superior structural integrity.
The 36x40-foot two-story barn will be used to house boats and property maintenance equipment. It will be erected on a concrete footing and foundation that was poured recently. The timber frame raising is expected to take three days.
A second part of the project, which includes an adjoining office, restroom facilities, and a wood deck, will be completed in the near future.
A raffle will be held for a special five-bottle collection of Heron Hill 2013 Single Vineyard Series Dry Rieslings. Each bottle was produced using grapes from five different vineyards grown along five different Finger Lakes and donated by Heron Hill.
The Finger Lakes Museum is an initiative to create a premier educational institution to showcase the cultural heritage and ecological evolution of the vast Finger Lakes Region of New York State and is a 501(c)-3 not-for-profit corporation chartered by the State Education Department. Contributions in any amount are tax-deductible.