There is nothing quite like meeting one of our barns for the first time. The sight of massive handmade timbers towering above you and the smell of wood warmed from the sun all around you fills your senses with a peaceful feeling, a feeling of connection, of home.
The barn in this video was built in somewhere in between 1910-1920 in Monroeville, Ohio and was owned by a farmer named Al Miller. The family owned the barn for about 50 years with 4 generations of Millers having lived on the property during that time. It functioned as a grain barn and was full of really cool machinery including wheels, pulleys, grain buckets and more. One very large wooden wheel-like spool was used to create a table for 10 in a New Jersey restaurant.
This barn had a lot of yellow pine which was the chosen construction material in the early 1900's. There was also plenty of oak, maple, and beautiful silvery red barn siding. We brought back the corrugated tin roofing to our mill as well.
The story of this old wood is the story of all of us. It represents our connection with our earth, with our history, with our future. The beams and boards that we rescue are more than just wood, they are a portrait of the relationship between nature and mankind, of a future that is yet to be written. We know that our role in this story is clear. We are here to reclaim this precious material, to give it new purpose and new life. But it doesn't end with us. Once we pass it on to you — whether in the form of a farm table or a bundle of boards — the story is then in your hands. It is humbling to wonder where these pieces of once magnificent and ancient trees will travel to through time and space as they are shaped by our hands and our dreams.