12 responses to The Amish barn-raising
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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 3rd, 2007 at 21:16)

    Wow! Like a swarm of worker bees! i have never seen one but have heard of them. All I can say with the dropped hammers is not to stand under anyone if you can help it! Ouch!

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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 4th, 2007 at 06:46)

    Many hands make the work lighter.

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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 4th, 2007 at 07:06)

    Hi, I just check your entry about the frolic you went to in september and saw you asked me about my knowledge on the Amish. So, here is my answer (finally): I started to regurlarly attend amish-mennonite services in a mission in Belgium around 15 years ago, and since I’m in Canada I attend a Conservative Mennonite services regularly too. Might convert someday… Over the years I made a lot of friends in different groups. I read a lot about the Plain groups, too (serious stuff, like your blog :-)). My knowledge of the Amish is more of a second hand one though. (even if I had some direct contacts ans “experiences” with Amish people).
    Hope I answer your question?

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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 4th, 2007 at 07:12)

    God, I wish everything were built that way. So cool. I like the cooperative aspect of it.

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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 4th, 2007 at 07:17)

    These types of “work bees” or “frolics” actually happen quite regularly but since they are not advertised among “the English” they go unnoticed. And the “modus operandi” is changing somewhat. In Holmes County, instead of 100 guys showing up in one day, a carpenter crew from one of the many Amish construction firms will donate a day’s labor. Next day, another will show up, and so on until the job is done. Since the crews tend to specialize, it works well. First the excavator, then the concrete crew, then the frame crew, then the roofing crew, then the finish crew (if it is a house).
    Same job gets done with donated labor, just a different technique, a bit less noticable since only maybe 10 or 20 men show up at a time instead of 100 or 200.

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    Shannon Bromenschenkel
    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 4th, 2007 at 09:58)

    I’ve seen a small version! I just blogged about it!


    Hope you are doing well!! 🙂


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    Shannon Bromenschenkel
    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 5th, 2007 at 04:34)

    Hey Erik! Just got your message on my blog…. my picture was taken outside of Lakeview, Michigan (north of Grand Rapids). Thanks for commenting!! And thanks for linking my blog on your blog! Have a fabulous day! Shannon

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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 7th, 2007 at 19:15)

    There are many stories from 1830s Michigan of Potawatomi Indian men joining with Euro-American settlers in barn raisings and log-cabin raisings. Some of those stories are from the Climax area in Kalamazoo County, which I’ve been blogging about lately. One house from 1835 is still standing and being lived in, but it’s a wood frame house, so probably it didn’t involve a big party of neighbors putting it up. The Native peoples’ reward for all this neighborliness was that they were evicted from Michigan in 1840.

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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (December 27th, 2007 at 13:22)

    Have not seen an Amish barn-raising, but did observe my Mennonite neighbors raising a barn just over the back fence from us. As you mention, the foundation work (concrete blocks in this case) had been done in advance. The skeleton. siding, and roof of the barn was done by a big crew of workers in one day (using pre-fab roof trusses.) There was still plenty of work left to finish it up completely, but it was a water-shedding structure at the end of the barn-raising. Many of the workers at this barn-raising were brothers, brother-in-laws, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.

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    Comment on The Amish barn-raising (May 5th, 2008 at 19:30)

    let me check pig

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    Comment on suspenders (August 29th, 2012 at 17:43)


    In the photo i did not see any amish men wearing them.

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