Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Old Barn Comes Down
The Old Barn Comes Down from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.
The other day, while Judy and I were out picking up brush, a fellow stopped by and asked if we'd like that old barn taken down. "Sure! How much!" Now, sn't that the first question you'd ask? "Nothing!" he said, "I'll drop it for the lumber." Well, it seems the guy does this for a living, dropping old barns and selling the wood to a recycling business in Peculiar, Missouri. Here's the link: http://www.elmwoodreclaimedtimber.com/ I made a video of the drop for our Son who lives overseas and who actually owns the property the barn sets on but considering the number of hits it's been getting from others familiar with this site I thought I'd just leave it up. It took a lot longer to fall that the fella thought as that corn crib on the left hand corner just refused to let it go. It finally fell around the 8:20 mark on the video.
It's really a shame these old structures are disappearing. It can all be blamed on the round bailing method that's now being used when putting up hay. Those bales can be left out in the weather so there is no real need to protect the hay once it's cut. They can set in the field for several years without any serious loss of nutrients. At least that's what I've been told. A good thing about taking them down is that their wood is highly sought after being as it is mostly old-growth hardwood. Looking at the beautiful things made from this wood in the link above, while being sorry to see them disappear, it's nice to know that they will live on in another form.