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Bernie Builds a Barn. NEARLY FIFTY YEARS AGO , I built my first barn on our place at Wilton, Connecticut. It was a family project since the kids wanted a horse, and the deal was that they could have one – but that they must help build a barn and stable first. I was (am!) much

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Bernie

Builds a

Barn

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NEARLY FIFTY YEARS AGO, I built my first barn on our place

at Wilton, Connecticut. It was a family project since the kids

wanted a horse, and the deal was that they could have one – but

that they must help build a barn and stable first. I was (am!) much

taken with old New England barns generally – and their early post-

and-beam constructions. And I had had some experience revamp-

ing and working on same with my early boss, George W. Rhine.

So I brushed up some on technique and styles, and that is what

we did.

Later, since I was a freelance writer, I sold several articles about our

venture to the “shelter mag” field (as we knew it back then), including

one publication which compared our “lifestyle” to that of no less than

(the!) Robert Redford – then of Utah – but who, curiously, later moved himself to Wilton…

Now I have penned this picture-caption “tale” long after, as a memento of those bygone days…

Bernie Powell

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Post-and-Beam gets its great strength from all the notching,

mortising, and pinning of joints and braces…

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Cutting mortise notches on

a cold winter morning…

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Tight fits are mandatory

and must be pounded

snugly home…

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Like many oldtime barns, mine was a hill barn”: stable lower and behind it… thus (heavy) bales from loft always travelled downward…

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I thought to let my barn weather into soft grey from an all-natural look.

But the guy who bought my place from me had another idea…

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