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    Barn: Part 7

    At the end of our October 26th barn-raising day we had nearly a third of the first floor structure in place. That was the section of the deck that we simply could not accomplish between the two of us and we are extremely grateful for all the …

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  • Monitor Barn

    Barn: Part 6

    The pieces lay waiting, in neat, covered stacks. It was mid-October, three years after we’d broken ground for our barn. We put out the word, rallying friends and family for a “raising” on Sunday, October 26th. It was finally time to begin joining timbers for the frame. …

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  • Monitor Barn

    Barn: Part 5

    By June of this year, our barn foundation looked like a giant planter box, filled with weeds, wildflowers, and black raspberry canes. The next step in the project was to parge the outer surface of the walls, so we just let the vegetation on the …

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  • Monitor Barn

    Barn: Part 4

    When we built the first of our barns (the 3-bay equipment shed that was completed in 2011), I had borrowed a car-hauling trailer from my brother-in-law to transport the timbers from the sawmill to our land. It took three trips (each at 160 miles round trip) …

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    Barn: Part 3

    I enjoy learning new skills. Sometimes it feels as if every day is packed with lessons. With this barn project I’ve embarked on an expansive multi-year curriculum including architecture, engineering, building science, and the trades. I’ve dabbled in aspects of it over the years, but …

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