Well I come home from officiating an event and Dave says he has an 'idea'. I always get a little nervous when I hear those words. He said he saw something in the Farm Show paper (a newspaper where a bunch of farmers show what they have made out of things they or someone else don't need or want anymore) and he had the perfect idea for making the buildings that I wanted. I can hardly wait. .. but first he had to see if Van Scoy's old grain bin was still available. Well it was and the 'big idea' began to take shape I still wasn't thrilled with the idea, but once Dave sets his mind to something there is no stopping him. Besides that, it was this or nothing.
|Removing the top of the grain bin|
|The top hanging off the sides of the trailer|
At one point I said that we would be further ahead selling it for scrap. Well that was not well received; after all Dave had just paid a fair chunk of change to get all this metal loaded on the trailer and now he considered it a challenge to try to make this all work. I knew I was doomed and had no other choice than to go along and hope it would turn out. The Van Scoys found it all a bit entertaining to say the least.
So once it was home Dave got busy building a frame for one of the two buildings made from the sides of the bin. It was a plan as you go sort of thing and do as your told and don't ask questions ;) It took a little doing, but putting the metal back up actually went better than taking it down and hauling it home.
So after a little time we have some semblance of a shelter that measures 15' long by 11' deep. Not as big as the tent and a bit too large for the dressage warm up. We added two rows of bleacher seats (my idea which originally wasn't well received) and there is room for 2 tables and chairs or just more chairs. Believe it or not there is seating for about 25 people. We're in the process of building a second one and now that Dave has already built one the second one will go a lot faster. One will be placed where the tent was this spring near the stabling area and dressage rings and the other one is going down by the show jumping. Although they aren't quite what I had envisioned; I think they will be very useful shelters. Let's hope we'll need them as protection from the brilliant sunshine and not the R*&%.
Next up... the gazebo type structure using he roof from the grain bin. Stay tuned for Part II of "Dave's Big Idea"