9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000


Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed


Buzz & Ginger Glasky


Sam Ervin, Preident
Ron Holsey, Vice President
Ursula Reinhart, Treasurer
Jim Whitson, Director
Richard Mannis, Director


Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

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The Temporary Workshop - "Please: Just Tear It Down."

David McNeely

During the planning process for the new Workshop, David McNeely, who had built the "temporary" garage/shed wrote the following email on January 5, 2009. He said: "Please: just tear it down. It's time."

By David McNeely

We built the temporary barn within a year or two after the cleanup of the fire damage.

THE BACK DOOR of the "temporary" workshop built in 1985. (Margaret Magnus photo, 2010.)

We did not purchase any materials except a few nails.  I picked through the lumber and cut off most of what had termite damage, but not all.

I sistered pieces together to make up the length I needed because not much was long enough.  I braced minimally because there simply wasn't much material.

My recollection is that there is no membrane (no plywood on walls or roof to create a plane that would resist racking).

I straightened out many damaged pieces of corrugated sheeting for the roof and used it even though it was full of holes and rust.

The barn was basically meant to be temporary. At that time there was no money and no shelter for anything. What I did on the barn was triage: meant to be basically a tent to protect the few things that survived the fire. At the time, we couldn't even afford a tent.

To repair that structure is no longer a wise investment. Please: just tear it down. It's time.