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Gould Barn
May 2010.

May 2010.
The more of the frame that we exposed, the more dramatic the lines appeared.

The more of the frame that we exposed, the more dramatic the lines appeared.
The extent of the damage to the plates and rafter feet was astonishing.

The extent of the damage to the plates and rafter feet was astonishing.
Both plates were rotten, hollow and filled with mice and squirrels.

Both plates were rotten, hollow and filled with mice and squirrels.
Settling of the main foundation wall had caused the barn to drift.

Settling of the main foundation wall had caused the barn to drift.
When we had first visited the barn, we thought that the gaps between the rafters and the plates were due to the spreading of the barn.  As it turned out, the original cutting of the rafters and tie beams had not taken into account the two inch cantilever of each plate for the boarding groove.

When we had first visited the barn, we thought that the gaps between the rafters and the plates were due to the spreading of the barn. As it turned out, the original cutting of the rafters and tie beams had not taken into account the two inch cantilever of each plate for the boarding groove.
The only tie beam brace that was in place when we first saw the barn clearly did not fit.  The rest of the tie braces were missing altogether.

The only tie beam brace that was in place when we first saw the barn clearly did not fit. The rest of the tie braces were missing altogether.
A combination of rodent damage and rot caused some of the worst damage to a ridge that we have ever seen.

A combination of rodent damage and rot caused some of the worst damage to a ridge that we have ever seen.
The rafter foot, tie beam, post top and plate were all destroyed at this corner post.

The rafter foot, tie beam, post top and plate were all destroyed at this corner post.
One of the compass marks resembling a daisy wheel was found on the bottom of a gable rafter.

One of the compass marks resembling a daisy wheel was found on the bottom of a gable rafter.
The sheathing of the barn may have been doing more to hold the frame together than the timber.

The sheathing of the barn may have been doing more to hold the frame together than the timber.
The joinery of the lower section was offset by an inch to protect the end grain of the lower sheathing boards.

The joinery of the lower section was offset by an inch to protect the end grain of the lower sheathing boards.
As all of the original rafters had been cut short, we chose to omit the ridge in order to reuse as much of the original rafter stock as possible.  Only 10 of 26 rafters were salvageable.

As all of the original rafters had been cut short, we chose to omit the ridge in order to reuse as much of the original rafter stock as possible. Only 10 of 26 rafters were salvageable.
This replacement post shows the odd housing scheme that was used on the original post.

This replacement post shows the odd housing scheme that was used on the original post.
The irregular braces of these intermediate posts had original braces fitting in only one direction, implying that the builders had originally cut all of the braces identically.

The irregular braces of these intermediate posts had original braces fitting in only one direction, implying that the builders had originally cut all of the braces identically.
The lower girt on the left side had mortises at two different heights.

The lower girt on the left side had mortises at two different heights.
This original post had two sets of mortises for the middle and lower girts.  There was no evidence of plugs or packing pieces.

This original post had two sets of mortises for the middle and lower girts. There was no evidence of plugs or packing pieces.
   


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