Pickle Raft Crushed, Rebuilt and Refloated
Crunch! Last winter a tree crushed our beloved Pickle Raft. This week, we rebuilt it. Here’s a quick (30-sec) video of how that went followed by some pics.
Introducing the Pickle Raft
A few years ago, my wife Julia and I assembled what looked like a patio on top of a bunch of plastic barrels and pushed it in to our pond.
We christened it the Pickle Raft and life was good.
Then disaster struck. During an ice storm, a red oak tree tipped over and pole-axed our raft. When I say “pole-axed”, I mean absolutely obliterated the raft. Smashed the decking, railing and joists. Crammed the barrels under water and left the mess for dead.
And so it sat for a few months, our beloved vessel, raft-wrecked on our tiny farm pond. The seasons passed. Other projects took priority. The locust fence. The new pole barn. I spent 198 days riding mules Brick and Cracker from North Carolina to Idaho.
Then the pond silted up. And, like a death knell to what had been a beautiful rafting experience, the damn dam broke. Yes, the water ran out of our tiny pond leaving our smashed-to-bits raft cowering in a muddy corner.
And then the track hoe showed up
It got worse. This spring, the rains came. It rained and rained and rained and, like our pond dam broke, our driveway washed out.
It was time for some major repairs. A track hoe showed up. A new culvert was installed in the driveway. And while we were at it, we dipped out the pond.
It was lovely having the pond back. Only, without the Pickle Raft, it seemed…..empty. So these past weeks, with the help of Seth Ingle, I rebuilt the Pickle Raft. Here are some photos of the project I though you’d enjoy.
Pickle Raft Part II
Before building a new raft, Seth and I took the smashed raft apart. What what could be salvaged – barrels, fastenings and decking – were incorporated in to the second Pickle Raft.
Big thanks for Seth Ingle for helping Julia and me get the Pickle Raft rebuild and refloated. Here’s the link to the original build, complete right down the budget and materials list.
All the best with whatever project you’re tackling. Happy Rafting!
PS: The Pickle Raft and the Eiffel Tower in the same video? Yep. Check out the TrailBall video featuring my brother Christian bringing his Paris running skills to Caldwell County, NC.