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The heat is on! This past week the main boiler was fired up and the long process of bringing the great room up to temperature was started. It is a wonderful even heat that feels warms even while set at a chilly 50 degrees. Work continued on the front siding. The first couple of courses are now complete and look great. Custom handmade solid Yellow Cedar doors were also installed towards the front of the building. Work also was started on the septic system. Volunteers will be needed to finish the front siding and to begin the benches and dance screens on the inside soon once the sheet rock goes up. longhouseconstruction160 longhouseconstruction173

longhouseconstruction153longhouseconstruction155We are closing in on completion of the new building! The windows are in and the ceiling is now finished. Gutters and down spouts were added to the outside. The main beams on the inside received one last cleaning as the building continues to dry out. The most exciting news is that two work parties occurred over the school break where lodge members assisted in the process. The main focuses of the work parties were cleaning the siding material from the old building so it can adorn the new structure. By the second work party we had already begun to clad the front of the longhouse with these ancient wood boards. Work parties will continue this winter as we get ready to host not only the Longhouse's grand opening celebrations but also Section W1-N Conclave.

 

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longhouseconstruction129Work continues. The first of the roofing felt was laid down in preparation for the metal sheathing. Also the skylights were built. One gets a very good sense now of what the building will be like once completed. longhouseconstruction148 longhouseconstruction146

img_1799_640x427img_1814_640x427In December the roof was finished on the longhouse and the building began the process of sealing the inside and drying out. Auxiliary fans and heating were added to aid in this development. The fire suppression system was also installed. This safety feature was one of the biggest expenses in the new longhouse. Soon the building will be completely sealed and the main heat will be turned on for the first time.

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longhouseconstruction123Friday November 16th 2012 was a momentous day in our Lodge's fabled history. That day workers at the new longhouse at Camp Pigott raised and attached the Hillaire Entrance Pole to the new building.

The pole now stands tall once again after being restored by a team of carvers lead by Haida Master Carver Ralph Bennett.

Congratulation to everyone involved in the project and congratulations to the lodge for being one more step closer in having a longhouse at Camp Pigott.

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