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  1. louis curth says

    Thanks for this story which rekindled many memories from my childhood of our old barn and outbuildings. They were built, perhaps in the 1870s, and stood neglected ,like so many other similar structures, until the relentless Adirondack weather finally loosened some metal roofing, let the moisture in, and rotted the beautifully crafted mortise and tenon beams. Sadly, the entire barn collapsed in the 1960s.

    Our barn was large and was built high enough to provide a large open dry storage pit for loose hay which took up about one third of space. In the barn’s middle third was a floor of rough planks accessed by two large swinging doors, probably for hay wagons, threshing, and other uses. The other third was divided into two sections with animal stalls for cows and horses. A three bay carriage shed stood opposite the barn.

    I truly regret the loss of these beautiful, well constructed structures that constitute a part of our Adirondack history that deserves to be remembered.

  2. Beth Rowland says

    What a wonderful story, in particular the respect for the builders of old barns shown by Jack. Wishing him all the best with Adirondack Timber Craftsmen.

  3. nathan says

    that rebuild is absolutely beautiful, the old hand hewed beams, that are almost impossible to make today as there are no 200 year old trees to spare for the long beams. the use of knotty pine and updating with windows for more light. i have been working to preserve my old barn and sadly i had to finally give up on the slate roof and went with enameled steel a i am just not up to climbing on slate way up anymore. a few more years i plan to reside and add windows also. gave me great ideas.

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