The Oak Tree

December 20th, 2012
by Don_Lawrence


Interesting story about how an oak tree stood tall against development from my jobsite visit to 100 Dunes Club this afternoon. The garage attic frames were being set today but the oak tree sat defiantly between the rear of the house and a spot from which the crane could reach the structure. It is an extremely dangerous situation to have the cranes mast even close to full extension so this beautiful oak was impeding construction progress. Surely this oak was planned to be removed as it so extremely close to the home, the framer contented. This was not the case though. The entire house would be moved before the oak would change locations was the answer from the general contractor. The standoff was resolved by, catch this, these 500lb+ trusses being carried by hand next to the garage where the crane was positioned. Let me tell you, there were some aching framing crew members the day after that ordeal. A little “Christmas Miracle” story for y’all in which the oak, who had earned it’s entitlement place in the universe, will continue to occupy the space for years to come. And how sometimes progress is detoured by preserving the past. A legacy that I hope will never be ignored or forgotten. We are all visitors here. Our legacy is determined by the housekeeping bill we hand our decedents…


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