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S.B.F. Abbott, Braintree, VT
The Abbott barn prior to restoration.

The Abbott barn prior to restoration.
The bent rafter plate can be see here.

The bent rafter plate can be see here.
The bend in the plate as seen inside of the barn.

The bend in the plate as seen inside of the barn.
The loss in elevation was quite pronounced.

The loss in elevation was quite pronounced.
Water damage at the plate, tie, post and rafter is illuminated by light shining through the missing roofing.

Water damage at the plate, tie, post and rafter is illuminated by light shining through the missing roofing.
Detail of the rot at the tie beam and plate connection with the post removed.

Detail of the rot at the tie beam and plate connection with the post removed.
Insect and water damage destroyed most of the sill timbers.

Insect and water damage destroyed most of the sill timbers.
Shown here, the elevations are now uniform and the outward bow of the plate has been straightened.

Shown here, the elevations are now uniform and the outward bow of the plate has been straightened.
This tree is layed out to become a new sill timber.

This tree is layed out to become a new sill timber.
Here is the sill timber with one face left to hew.

Here is the sill timber with one face left to hew.
Seth Kelley scores the timber with a felling axe before making a final pass with the broad axe

Seth Kelley scores the timber with a felling axe before making a final pass with the broad axe
Seth hews the last face of a sill timber.

Seth hews the last face of a sill timber.
Seth drills out mortises for the stub tenons.

Seth drills out mortises for the stub tenons.
The finished sill timber is in the background with a new sill being roughed out in the foreground.  Michael begins laying out a post timber from a log.

The finished sill timber is in the background with a new sill being roughed out in the foreground. Michael begins laying out a post timber from a log.
Michael hews the new post timber.

Michael hews the new post timber.
Here is the finished post timber.

Here is the finished post timber.
Michael carefully lays out a freshly hewn post.

Michael carefully lays out a freshly hewn post.
Michael drills out a mortise with a boring machine.

Michael drills out a mortise with a boring machine.
The new post is complete.

The new post is complete.
The new timbers are in place and all of the jacks have been removed.

The new timbers are in place and all of the jacks have been removed.
The tops of the siding boards are adzed down to fit into the boarding groove.

The tops of the siding boards are adzed down to fit into the boarding groove.
The door was found inside of the barn laying across the middle girts above the stanchion.

The door was found inside of the barn laying across the middle girts above the stanchion.


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