Oregon Timber Frame Barn 2014

The owners of this magnificent new barn still under construction wish to remain anonymous, so I won’t be specific about location.

timber frame barn in oregon under construction

interior of timber frame barn in oregon under constructionpost detail of timber frame barn in oregon under constructionIt was one of those serendipitous finds: I ran into a cabinet maker while out photographing barns and he asked if I’d like to see a large timber frame barn. Did I! I followed him for about 20 miles into the hills until we arrived at the barn.

It was starting to get dark when I was there, so I had about 20 minutes to shoot these photos.

It is 70′ by 100′.

The timbers were cut by Collin Beggs Timber Framing in Northern Idaho. The posts and beams were salvaged from Douglas Fir trees that had been killed by timber beetles in Idaho and Montana. The curved wind braces were not cut out of dimensional lumber, but follow the natural curves of timber (from a certified forest) not suitable for milling.

ceiling of timber frame barn in oregon under construction ceiling of timber frame barn in oregon under construction
joist detail of timber frame barn in oregon under construction ceiling joist detail of timber frame barn in oregon under construction

The owners were inspired by the book Silent Spaces: The Last of the Great Aisled Barns by Malcolm Kirk (out of print, but obtainable used). (See also this post.)

A wonderful little book is Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings by Richard Harris; $5 used at Amazon.

5 Responses to Oregon Timber Frame Barn 2014

  1. ziggy says:

    Simply stunning.

  2. Collin says:

    The clients are some of the most wonderful people we have had an opportunity to work with. Cruck Barns are very rare in the USA and even more so in the West. The curved members such as the bifurcated posts, cruck blades, collar ties, and knee braces are actually milled, but only on two faces (slabbed), leaving the natural curvature intact. From there we use a medieval scribe layout system that shares some resemblance with lofting a boat.

    Both Silent Spaces and Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings are excellent recommended reading for those who want to understand real timber framing versus the often homogenized and regurgitated examples we most often see today.

  3. debbie says:

    I hope to get a grant to get a tiny farm,and live off GOD’s land.I’am disabled and the state helps with my rent so I cannot move.I have black toxic mold on the kitchen ceiling because I’am on the 3rd fl,I have to put filters over the ceiling vent’s so I don’t get insulation and little bug’s.So bless you for taking care of nature and send me a 1-800 number so I can order some book’s I cannot do it over the computer Thanks Debbie

  4. Lloyd, it is truly an honor for our work to be mentioned in your blog. Your books have had a tremendous impact on my life and is in part of why I pursued building and craft.
    Thank you,
    Collin

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