Last week we reached a major milestone in our Pro Bono work for Land’s Sake Farm. Over the course of about 5 days the new animal barn timber frame was raised. This is the culmination of years of work and planning involving a great number of people.
Last fall all the timber for the frame and much of the siding was harvested from another farm in Weston less than 2 miles away from the site. The pine was shipped to Upton where it was sawn into timbers by the Garner Girls Sawmill, a women owned and operated sawmill.
The animal barn is part of the first phase of the long-term master plan for their 40-acre farm which also includes a farmstand, a greenhouse and a service building.
From there the timbers went to Hardwick Post and Beam who spent the winter cutting the frame and preparing the timbers for assembly. While the barn does not mimic a traditional form it follows traditional timber framing techniques. The lumber is all cut with mortise and tenon joints when it is green (undried) and is pegged with hardwood dowels and left to dry once raised. It was planned as 5 bents that are constructed laying down that are then raised to form the walls and framing is infilled between them.