A Barn Without Nails...
Last year, we started dreaming about the perfect barn. It would have a big south facing roof for solar panels. It would have a good place to wash, pack and cool fruits and vegetables. It would have a wood shed and plenty of space to keep our equipment from rusting into oblivion. And most importantly, it would reflect the values of the farm; built slowly and well from the start, made to last for generations.
Our research slowly started pointing us towards a timber frame barn built with traditional mortise and tenon joinery. After visiting Common Harvest Farm in Osceola, WI, where Amy's parents are members and have been for a couple decades, we were introduced to Andy Skoglund, a master woodworker, timber framer and all around excellent person. We passed him a few napkin sketches we had scribbled down, and he managed to turn it into a beautiful design that would make the old masters proud. We're currently cutting and chiseling braces, and will progress to beams as the winter wears on.
Our goal is to have the raising in early June. We sure hope that some of you can be there. Send me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be kept informed as we get closer.