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Blog entry by frank posted 01-16-2008 03:25 PM 1370 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whale Tales and Barn Rigging

....and so I thought I would post some more pictures here of the barn hooks or barn rigging, as I refer to these items of minute or massive steel and that view point is up to you.

So here is the following question I originally asked in a previous blog story….

....”and so I have a question, often when I go fishing at the ocean, I will take along my whale hooks….true or false?....and can any-one tell me the story names of these? And yes, I know the truth….”

....and then here is my explanation and answer to that question. ”When I talked of going ‘whale fishing’ I was talking a ‘whale of a tale’….along with the ‘whale hooks’, (true or false….?) this was a false story. The truth is that these are what I refer to as barn hooks, timber hooks or timber rigging to be used in early barns. In the picture up there, they are actually in their proper position and these date back to the days of early post and beam barns, before the times of what we now have for barn rigging and scaffolding. One of my favorite pastimes is rooting around in old barns for ‘barn hardware’ and so I often find these at barn sales and such. One would hook the barn hook over a timber and then you could fix ropes or chains into the eyelets and from these you could hang you pulleys, rigging and such.” now lets look at some more views of those hooks….

....and as you can see, these hooks of steel come in all sizes and shapes. What I have related here is just a dabble of the history that early barns have to tell and believe me when I say that I’m not slighting later styles and versions of barns….it’s just that my love is for the early English Barns and the Bank Barn, that came before the 1800’s. One other side note is that the early English Barns came to us from England where they were much grander and larger in size….and are also referred to as the English Tithe Barn. English Barns in New England were actually short lived and gave way soon to other types that were better suited for the landscape across our turf of America….

History has a way of repeating it’s-self and so this second floor of a four bay English Barn, dated around 1780, was one we took down in 2000 and moved up to our place. We set the barn into the side of a bank where it now resides as an English Bank Barn. So that what has happened, is that by picking up the cellar space of twelve feet in height, this second floor becomes a third floor….with one more above which I am presently working on to lay a floor. And thats a private joke I have with my-self, since working on that floor space above, is whenever I have time to find or squeeze out some extra time….LOL. By the way, if any-one has some extra time, please send it my way….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-16-2008 05:18 PM

Does one ever truly have “extra” time? Extra time pieces, sure, but extra time, we can only wish..

You know me, always looking in the back ground, what do you have under wraps there Frank? Your box entry for the winter awards, perhaps..ha

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 01-16-2008 06:51 PM

I knew those hooks were meant for grabbing big wood. I can still see you with a pole pulling in a nice catch.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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