I have been thinking (after the past couple days of working our behinds off) how nice the old fashioned barn raises must have been!! My DH and I are building a barn and not spending a penny. We cut our own trees for the post and stuff. Metal and lumber were given to us over the past few years (tearing down old chicken houses and stuff). It has been HARD doing this with only two people but also so satisfying knowing we are building it all on our own (well, with the help of a chainsaw and tractor). BUT just imagine how nice it was back then to have the whole countryside come out to help you build a barn in a day or two. You have men working outside, women cooking enough food for an army, and children into mischief!! How nice that would have been! I am pretty sure that our family is ignoring our phone calls because they know what we are doing and don't want any part of it. Well at least the phone has been quiet!! Have any of you enjoyed the feeling of building something on your own?? I LOVE IT!! It makes me wish we didn't already have a house so we could start over a build it from scratch!!