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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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
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…
mortising, and pinning of joints and braces…
a cold winter morning…
and must be pounded
Like many oldtime barns, mine was a hill barn”: stable lower and behind it… thus (heavy) bales from loft always travelled downward…
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…
“And that’s all I have to say ‘bout all-natural look.that!”