After two weeks away, we visited the mill today. Significant progress, though there is much detail work, so it is not as obvious as in the past. The building has been completely leveled, the sag taken out of the north side, etc., and all the sills have been replaced, with joinery fastening the vertical posts into the sills all complete.
The sills are all notched and ready for the bolsters and floor joists (this process has begun, and one old bolster and one new have been joined to the new sills). Arron reports that the building is now about 1 inch out of square, and we may get that eventually also. He continues to take the “smile” out of the tie beams.
As for the north foundation wall, the door into the basement is framed on its sides and bottom, and the wall is now a couple of feet above the level where the basement floor will be laid under the north addition. The door is nicely positioned to provide easy access down to the top of the old wheelhouse, much of which will remain.
This blog follows the process of rehabilitating the mill and restoring hydropower to the dam at Freedom Falls in Freedom Maine.