When I say that this balance beam is handmade, I mean it! My dad grew the tree, cut the tree, and sawed it into boards (he's building a house, and he is cutting and sawing all of his own board from the trees in his woods). He cut the beam to the appropriate length and cut the end segments to the right sizes. I really like how he notched the end beams for the long beam to fit right on it.
After he cut the beam, he sanded it by hand.
Thanks, Grandaddy! I know the girls will treasure this gift for years.