What an amazing experience. Wears Valley Ranch is a very large property with many on-going needs. With willing hearts, eager hands and the right tools, the JFBC team was able to accomplish all the projects on the "To Do" list and even make a dent in a few extra items that popped up along the way.
One of the most important "rules" we learned in training is "STAY FLEXIBLE." We did and God blessed our efforts in a mighty way. While the work was ... well ... "work"; there was much laughter and opportunity to build relationships as we "worked" side-by-side serving the needs of this amazing community.
Here are the results:
Horse Arena Rail:
The "construction team" completed the task of adding a 2X4 rail above and below existing middle rail on horse arena riding area in record time. Right people, right tools. Easy peasy! But still pretty impressive when you consider it was approximately 600 feet of fence. These rails were added to create a stronger fence since the Ranch has introduced bulls.
The "staining team" completed the stain application to the chutes as many of the new rails as the stain stretched.
Retaining Wall - Christopher House:
WOW! The old timber wall is gone and this wall will stand the test of time. Thought it was going to be a 30 foot wall but the final product was 90 feet long. Just needs a more capstones to top off the rest of the wall.
Mission accomplished! Several trees were dropped safely around the Ranch. The trees were cut up and transferred to the shed where they will but split for firewood at some future date.
It was an active growing summer and the limbs and bushes were starting to overflow into the Ranch's road. Our workers cut back tree limbs and bushes that were starting to block the sides of the roads. They trimmed the brush along the Lower Loop Road and up the mountain to the Fire Ring.
JFBC is the last volunteer group to visit the Ranch during 2014. Our teams worked to weed all landscaping beds and trim shrubbery around the main building and the resident homes as well spread fresh mulch where needed.
Rod Construction for Wind/Rain Screen
The Shelter is the large covered outdoor building used daily by the Ranch residents, staff and community. Unfortunately, if the rain or wind kick up, there is one area that becomes treacherous as the floor gets very slippery. After pricing commercial screens to resolve the problem, the staff realized they could construct a jumbo sized screen curtain that opens and closes like a Roman Shade. This projects required six (6) "homemade" metal rods that are the support for the different layers. Some of our team worked together to custom engineer dowel rods and the metal tubing into the lengthy rods.