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Mesquite beams have been placed across a passagway between the kiva room and the main room. The thickness of the walls in the passageway are approximately 3-foot thick. These are the beams mentioned in the previous blog. Each beam is 8-foot in length, approximately 8" in diameter and weight between 150-220 pounds each. It took about 1-day per beam to strip the bark off the logs with a draw-knife, sand the beam and apply tongue-oil to bring out the texture of the wood and help with preservation.
The next posting will detail the placement and securing of these beams.