Photos and captions by John A. Harris
Breaking ground | Preparing materials | Walls begin | Walls built | Roofing begins | Roof takes shape | Towards completion
Now the firm framework exists, Thomas and his friend can stand to complete work on the roof. Everything is "calculated" by eye. No tools for measuring length or angles are used.
Use of proven traditional methods ensures a well built home. The roof's crossbeams are lashed to a stout center post that will be the main support for the roof. Working together to build a house helps to bond the men of the village. It is a frequently shared experience among all the men, young and oldand so is a much-discussed topic among them. (Note the lack of footwear.)
While the house is built, there is little discussion. Everyone knows what needs to be done and they do it. Most times, the house owner acts as "the Boss". House building is an exclusively male role. Once completed it becomes the wife's responsibility to look after it and to keep it maintained and cleaned.