THE TOPPING OUT CEREMONY

 The Preserve at Chocorua TIMBERPEG frame complete. Note the tree at the far end. 

The Preserve at Chocorua TIMBERPEG frame complete. Note the tree at the far end. 

What is that tree doing at the top of our construction site? In building, especially timber structures the topping out ceremony (sometimes referred to as topping off) is done when the very last beam is put into place. 

The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction. Over time the tradition has become more of a way to give thanks and show respect to the earth for it's valuable resources.

On a snowy day in April a small sapling was placed at the very tip top of our structure - 36 feet high  to be exact. We celebrated, rejoiced, and gave thanks to the incredible forest these Western Fir beams were sourced from! 

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