New life for old Timbers.
Rough-sawn cypress, from Upstate New York and more than 200 years old make up the frame of the new house our friends Gwen and Stan are building in our little town.
When they are finished with framing the structure they will leave and your local builder will take over to complete the house.
What used to be accomplished by a team of Oxen and block and tackle and many neighbors and volunteers is now quickly assembled by a small group of Itinerant workers from Waco, Texas using modern equipment.
Heritage Restorations of Waco, Texas, disassemble and reassemble vintage barns.
The wood is carefully inspected, timbers are power washed, all nails are removed and the wood is fumigated for possible bug infestation.
Old Timbers, New House.
Timbers from a historic grist mill built circa 1760 in northern New Jersey was dismantled, restored and erected in Texas.
Timber framed barn originally built in 1840 from central Missouri is now restored near Waco, Texas.
The timbers are held together with large hand carved dowels. A 40 pound mallet, also known as a "commander" or "beetle" is used to drive the dowels into the frame.
The company has many disassembled barns waiting for new owners. The skeleton frame comes delivered to the building site.
Workers come with the package. It takes about 2 days to assemble the structure. Heritage Barns have been built in many parts of Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and North America.
Originally built circa 1860 in New Scottland, NY, is now restored in Greenwich, CT.
Many structures are available. All it takes is your imagination.
The company also sells barn wood siding, reclaimed flooring, old world doors and more.
The young men have left. Back to their homes in Texas,
where they live in a community of back-to-the-basics way of life.
Men use horses to farm instead of tractors and women wear dresses and are known for their distinctive hairstyles.
Thousands of people attend the group's holiday fairs, held each year
after Thanksgiving and on Labor Day.
The group also holds classes year round and operates a deli and bakery six days a week.
Could a similar building be in your future?
Have a wonderful week my dear