Monday, April 24, 2006

Purlins/plank sawn and loaded






The top two images (and the bottom image) show employees of Maine Antique Structures sawing planks from old hewn timbers. Planks are boards used for the floors in a barn. Typically it was was cut rough and thick so that it would provide decades of service. The planking in our barn was too far gone to be recycled, so we decided to go to Scot for help. He was able to cut "new" planking for us from old timbers he had in stock. As you can see in these images, the timbers are placed on a sliding carriage and drawn through the saw. The result is thick, sturdy planking with a nice, aged color.

This planking can be seen in the third image down loaded on Scot's truck (at the bottom of the pile). On top of the planking is stacked the replacement purlins for our barn. (See the previous post about the purlins.)

1 comment:

auntie frannie (aka grannie frannie) said...

Sheesh, Ben! You've written a bloody BOOK! This is fantastic! Thank you for reminding me to revisit the site - Dolf and I are so engrossed in our lives. But I love all the photos and the history - your history - the barn's history. How exciting this is.

Love you guys so much - your auntie