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Project by VanLewis posted 06-22-2010 07:23 AM 3789 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m breaking the “completed projects” rule here, because this project is huge and ongoing. I just want you to see some of my design and timber work. This is a 3-story timber-framed barn in Southern Utah. The frame is hybrid, with studwall infill and steel sheer bolts, not mortise-and-tenoned. All the wood except o.s.b. is from the mountain next to town, harvested on National Forest lumber permits. Mostly fir and spruce, with some pine. The floors are 2” t+g planks of clear fir, and are beautiful. When I get married next summer we’re dancing here. Live band, lots of wine and cider, and meat and vegetables from our farm. You’re invited!

-- Van

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 07:26 AM

Great looking barn very well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 07:54 AM

That looks great!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 08:04 AM

MMMMM, love post and beam construction. That is going to be absolutely gorgeous.
Really well done :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 09:58 AM

Beautiful for me too, I like a lot the American use of thin floor joists, it’s always very elegant to me (here in Italy it would be impossible, due to our fire-prevention regulations – unless you panel them)

-- Antonio

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 10:03 AM

Impressive! Your are going to have more fun than any one person is allowed. lol Congratulations on the up and coming marriage. You’re getting all the good stuff at once. lol Rand

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 10:46 AM

This is great work. You will be proud of this from now on. I really like the big posts and beams.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 11:04 AM

i reckon wit a barn like that….................u should turn it into your workshop… …..unreal…...wats the view like?

-- mockmcikey

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 12:58 PM

very nice! I’m sure any horse would be happy to call it home :) Congrats on the wedding! That’s a lot of work for a wedding present :) Sounds like a great time!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#9 posted 06-22-2010 02:35 PM

Nice, I want one, looks great, well done, the bolts will hold forever, that’s a long time, keep us up to date with pics, it will be lots of fun to follow your progress

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 05:01 PM

MY GOD that’s nice, and i’m invited? wow!
haha, BEAUTIFUL work, i’m definitely jealous, especially since it’s both a locally harvested building and the wedding reception will be locally harvested foods. Can’t ask for much more then that!

Congratulation on the project and the wedding, ahead of time!

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#11 posted 06-22-2010 05:20 PM

Oh my jesus, I want it.

-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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#12 posted 06-22-2010 05:59 PM

That’s going to be nice 100 years from now Van!
Very nice work!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#13 posted 06-22-2010 06:37 PM

That would be my dream shop!

Thanks for sharing


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#14 posted 06-22-2010 06:49 PM

You’re going to dance in it? Hell, I’d live in it.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#15 posted 06-22-2010 07:27 PM

Cool Barn love the beams!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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