Lumber Appreciation Day

This building is known as the English Barn.  I think it’s because of the style of barn it is.  Doors on both ends allow a carriage to go through the barn, and hay, or whatever could be on the sides.  Anyways, here at Broadturn Farm it’s also where we store all of the extra lumber.  As you can see from the picture, and no, it’s not a fisheye lense, the barn is actually sagging and is going to be restored shortly.  But first we had to take all the lumber out.  I forgot to take the before picture until we were nearly halfway done, but you get the idea.  So, we cleared all the lumber out of this barn today.  Not all farming is working in the soil.

Sam (the other apprentice) hauling wire trellising out of the barn…

the stash…

I call today ‘Lumber Appreciation Day’ because as each piece, or group or lumber came out of the barn, Farmer John would tell us where it came from; old floor boards, wooden silo’s, barn board, what kind of wood it was, if other pieces had been used for other projects around the farm.  I have to admit by the end of the day, I was saying, oh, that’s a good piece there…

John has a hard time throwing things away, but when it comes to lumber, he says, you can always get new lumber, but you can’t always get old lumber.  I think his best point was that newer lumber comes from monoculture forest farms, and the wood is softer and weaker, and the wood doesn’t last as long.  He said pine used to be considered a hardwood.  And I can tell you, from a day of hauling, some of those older pieces sure were heavy.  I’m forearms ache as I type.  Good thing this post is over.


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