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A conventionally built addition threatened to pull down this barn.

A conventionally built addition threatened to pull down this barn.
Here is the eave wall with the addition removed.

Here is the eave wall with the addition removed.
When we first began this restoration all of the sills were destroyed except on the eave wall under the addition.

When we first began this restoration all of the sills were destroyed except on the eave wall under the addition.
The drastic differences in elevation can be seen here.

The drastic differences in elevation can be seen here.
A post on the gable wall is held only by the siding and girts.

A post on the gable wall is held only by the siding and girts.
The foot of this beech post was hit by a vehicle.

The foot of this beech post was hit by a vehicle.
Michael Cuba surfaces a foot repair to a gable post with a broad axe.

Michael Cuba surfaces a foot repair to a gable post with a broad axe.
This eave wall had extensive rot to the plate, sills, rafters and post feet.

This eave wall had extensive rot to the plate, sills, rafters and post feet.
The plates and rafters were mostly hollow.

The plates and rafters were mostly hollow.
The cross section of this rotted plate shows a rare plumb cut step lap.

The cross section of this rotted plate shows a rare plumb cut step lap.
Forty feet of plate were replaced on this eave wall.

Forty feet of plate were replaced on this eave wall.
In order to replace the plate in situ the roof system had to be shored and its load transfered to shoring frames.

In order to replace the plate in situ the roof system had to be shored and its load transfered to shoring frames.
The restored eave wall is back in place and supporting the roof again.

The restored eave wall is back in place and supporting the roof again.
Although we are not big advocates of using metal with joinery, eccentric and tensil loads sometimes call for it.

Although we are not big advocates of using metal with joinery, eccentric and tensil loads sometimes call for it.
This gable was severely deteriorated from water infiltration.  Most of the timbers in this wall had to be replaced.

This gable was severely deteriorated from water infiltration. Most of the timbers in this wall had to be replaced.
This is a view of the same gable wall as a new post is being lifted into place.

This is a view of the same gable wall as a new post is being lifted into place.
The restored gable is almost complete.

The restored gable is almost complete.
The gable wall is complete.  The bent in the foreground had the beech post replaced due to severe powder post beetle damage.  All of the posts and all but one of the girts that can be seen in this photo are new.

The gable wall is complete. The bent in the foreground had the beech post replaced due to severe powder post beetle damage. All of the posts and all but one of the girts that can be seen in this photo are new.
Our friend Rob Beall of Windy Ledges Metal works made custom strap hinges and pintles for the new doors.

Our friend Rob Beall of Windy Ledges Metal works made custom strap hinges and pintles for the new doors.


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