New car, new house!
The two fellas to the left are attending what looks like a scroll/band saw, although the flat belt to the stationary engine that powers it isnt hooked up. Maybe they are preparing to cut some fancy gingerbread trim for the front porch out of all that lumber scattered around the house.
So many interesting things going on in that photo Darel! Neat find & thanks!
Nice looking house. Think of the lack of insulation... And perhaps all the parts the saw already cut.
Old house's chimney to the left? The chickens are safe enough to be out and about!
Roof water collection? No eve troughs but the pipe thru the overhang on the crooked right hand one. ?
Could be a camera induced "crookedness"?
Maybe this house was built up North? The two structures at the bottom of the upper roof might have been "snow holders". They would have prevented avalanching of snow on the people and chickens. It would also explain the steep roof pitches; greater snow load bearing abilities.
Darel, Great Photo, Thanks.
I think a lot of houses built in the era had steep roofs. Allowed more room area upstairs without adding short walls all around. The new house may have had 4 rooms up; front, rear and sides with the stairs coming up the center. Rooms back then tended to be a "LOT" smaller, you didn't entertain your friends in the bedroom, you slept there. The snow load is a good point too.
I doubt it's for snow because snow never slides off a shingled roof, that would just cause more ice jam back ups. If it's a new house could it be toe holds while shingling like they do nowadays?
Family farm here in Indiana,house built in 1884. Farm has been in my family for 175 years now.
I think the machine in question is a shingle mill. Notice also the "toe holds" on the roof to the left of the big center dormer.
Tom I wondered about that, re shingle mill. I've never seen one but with the rood jacks in place, makes sense.
Looks like a house being constructed. It does look like a shingle mill being run by the two workers. The boards on the roof are "toe boards"to walk on when shingling the roof. But what's weird is, I don't see any ladders!
Bob, really neat old house much cooler than the cookie cutter houses like I live in..