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Project by Karson posted 08-06-2013 12:29 AM 2499 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a call from my son-in-laws father. He has a neighbor who is trying to give away an 1820’s barn. You must disassemble and take away. The barn is made with tongue and groove beams with pegs holding it together. There is also some hand hewn beams beside the barn.

The barn is in Branchberg NJ. South of Sommerville and North of Flemington. NJ.

Here is the message that I received.

Subject: Circa 1820 Barn & Hand Hewn Timber
Attached are photos of our circa 1820 barn with loft (35’x15’) and hand hewn beams which are both being giving away free if you dismantle and cart away.
We are NJ Builders starting a new subdivision and the barn must be taken down.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tony Monticello

Contact Tony directly but also let me know so I can keep my friend updated.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 12:41 AM

I’m 10 minutes away – I don’t have the space to store all that wood – but I WOULD LOVE TO HELP so I can get my hands on some pieces

I’ll send an e-mail – what do I have to lose?

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 12:42 AM

What a lot of wood! It looks to be in good shape, too bad it has to come down, it’d make a great attraction for the new community. The developer may be missing out on an opportunity:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 12:46 AM


You’re going to have to build a bigger workshop!

If it is like the barns of that era, around here, it probably has a lot of Chestnut beams!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 12:51 AM

I wish Karson, I wish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 08-06-2013 01:12 AM

I wish I were younger & closer…

Very good opportunity…

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 02:28 AM

That looks good enough to disassemble and re-erect somewhere else!
Too bad it has to go… if only… ...

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Eric in Florida.

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 02:58 AM

Too big a job for this old nail puller. But I bet it would be fun to watch the process.

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 03:13 AM

That would be a great building for an agricultural educational farm. I hope someone takes up this offer and gives this building a new life!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 08-06-2013 10:16 AM

Wow, this looks like a big project and a big budget too. Maybe a NewYankee WorkShop Episode in the making here. They seem to thrive on old barn wood recovery and repurpose. A great PR possibility for the developer. Hey come and watch as the NYW and TOH come and dismantle a historic building, you the idea.

Don’t get me wrong though, I would sure love some wood too.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 08-06-2013 12:43 PM

This was very nice of you to shar this info, Karson. De-structing is worse than constructing, in my humble opinion. I know someone will definitely jump on this tho. Good luck to the receiver and his/her crew to disassemble this piece o history.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 08-06-2013 02:42 PM

SHOOT! wrong side of the continent.

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#12 posted 08-06-2013 09:23 PM

Would LOVE to re-build this in my back yard. Just posted it to facebook, someone will SURELY take this and re-use it wisely!

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#13 posted 08-06-2013 10:15 PM

OH MAN!!! I am sooooo bummed that I don’t live closer. I would love to have this!

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#14 posted 08-06-2013 11:31 PM

Nice. And close to me, but too big of a bite.

-- Zipsss

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#15 posted 08-06-2013 11:51 PM

It is probably a bit much for any one person or even a person with a couple of friends. But if there were a local woodworkers guild or wood turners club they could probably put together a crew that would get good use from a lot of it. Try someone at this woodworkers guild website or this wood turners website (If they wanted to send me some as a commission for pointing you in their direction feel free to tell them I would humbly accept it.)

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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