It is done. The timber frame and the wood ceilings are varnished! Sixteen gallons of water based interior polyurethane varnish rolled on then brushed smooth. It was a big job and it took many people many days. The teenage boys particpated willingly and patiently and kindly for days, and for one of them, school starts Tuesday, and the other leaves for college Friday, so it was part of how they spent their precious summer. But they are wonderful kids who make the best of everything, turning work into fun. Now there are others who have to do their jobs before we return to the site to lay flooring. I will be complaining about that as it happens, you can be quite sure!