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Woodworkers from around the world building new Vicksburg pavilion
VICKSBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- Crews are hard at work putting up a pavilion for a West Michigan community.
But this isn't your average construction project.
Woodworkers from all over the world have come into Vicksburg, using ancient techniques to build a pavilion in the Historic Village.
It's the culmination of two years of planning from the Vicksburg Historical Society.
We thought maybe it was a good idea to go with some kind of historical technique, said Kristina Powers Aubrey, a member of the historical society.
So they went with the Timber Framers' Guild from New Hampshire.
The woodworkers use fresh wood from the area, carefully cutting planks into sections that fit together.
You create a tongue that goes into a hole or into a groove and then pin it together. As the wood dries, it shrinks and becomes a tighter and tighter joint, Powers Aubrey said.
It's called a mortise and tenon joined building, a process that's been around for a very long time.
Hundreds to thousands of years depending on which continent you're on, said Alicia Spence, the projects coordinator.
No nails or screws are used.
The pavilion will be a new gathering place for the community and the farmer's market.
The historical society has raised $180,000 for the project.
A lot of the wood has been donated by the community.
Timothy Moore donated expensive ash, poplar and oak trees.
I'm happy to do that. It's going to be around for 100 years. Vicksburg is just great, Moore said.
The community continues to show its support by buying pegs that are used in the construction.
Buyers are writing the names of families, churches and organizations on them.
Two dozen workers from across the United States, Canada and Europe have been working from dawn to dusk, rain or shine for the past week.
Olga Micinska from Poland is spending her first visit to America learning to timber frame
It's always a great pleasure to collaborate. And learn more about yourself, working with others and you learn more about wood, Micinska said.
This is the first project the timber framers have worked on in Michigan and the biggest they've ever done.
We like to interface with the community. We're just not running around building buildings, we're building community, Spence said.
Construction should wrap up Sunday.
The pavilion is set to be open next spring in time for the farmers market.