Category Archives: Barn

Part 8 ~ A Memorial Day to Remember

I headed back to the barn in April or so, when the cold weather broke. Next thing I knew it was Memorial Day weekend, a year after buryin’ my dad, when all these people showed up—my younger brother Joel and … Continue reading

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Part 7 ~ Scaffolding Up to Y2K

After we buried my dad I received a small inheritance, and that’s when things started really happening around here on this building. I built the scaffolding right in the middle of the barn, the whole way up to get inside … Continue reading

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Part 6 ~ Hitting the Road and A Long Ride Home

I got enough money together to finish the roof–in about 12 degree conditions with snow falling on you while you’re up there. Again, a couple of local guys took it on with me, and I have to hand it to … Continue reading

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Part 5 ~ Up On the Roof

Once the building was all tightened up and I was sure the rafters weren’t gonna move around anymore by me jackin’ up the building or suckin’ it back together, it was time to do the roof.  ’Cause it needed it … Continue reading

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Part 4 ~ Irregular Proceedings According to Plan

After I got the turn buckles in and the barn was fairly pulled back together again, I started modifying the actual timber framing inside, the mortise and tenon joints. That was interesting. I had to lower the beams that are … Continue reading

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Part 2 ~ Sucking It All In

Some of the upright beams had split lengthwise, vertically, especially the beams in the back were in bad shape. So I had U-shaped plates built, and bolted those around the vertical splits. Then I went up to State Line Steel, … Continue reading

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Part 1 ~ Getting Rid of Bat Guano & Other S***

Brief intro First off, I had to empty the building. It was chockfull to the rafters with everything this farm could throw into it for a hundred years. Rusty rolls of barbed wire, all entangled with old hay, giant chunks … Continue reading

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