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11-19-2013 04:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: barn barnboard reclaim reclaimed

hi all , we recently inherited the farm i grew up on, located in east granby CT. there is a large collapsed barn on the property and a couple smaller structures, that have all failed. unfortunately, they have failed with contents inside, so we have a bit of a mess. but we are looking into selling and preserving the beautiful barnboards from these barns. i know there is a market for these boards, but i’m not sure how to approach it.

the main barn is approx. 20’x40’ . one side is in pretty decent “standing” condition, with most boards intact, while the other 3 sides are in varying degrees of collapse. the boards themselves were NOT painted. they are a natural weathered grey. they appear to be tongue and groove, measuring approx 5” x 3/4”—length varies. hard for us to get measurements, but it looks like there are some 4’ as well as some 10’+ boards .

.. .. thoughts? . . .. suggestions? . . . interest??

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 04:24 PM

Safety first, make sure that where ever you are that nothing can fall on you or collapse further beneath you. Depending on the height of the standing wall you may want to have it professionally disassembled to avoid and destruction or injury. For what you can get to, take it apart (watch for sharp rusty fasteners) and stack it where it will not be in direct contact with the ground. If you have a lot of wood, find someone local to help you place a valuation on what you have so you can get the most of your wood without giving it away or sitting on it forever.

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 04:34 PM

PM Sent Linda.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 12:38 AM

Maybe do the Craigs list thing and see if someone is willing to pay you to get it out of your hair/property. Some times it pays to just get rid of these things than to try to preserve them for a profit. I have been paid to get old barns apart, that meant the rusty roof, the nails and rotted wood. If you are planning to sell the place, have someone to clean it out for you and spare the change. Good luck.


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#4 posted 11-20-2013 12:58 AM

Linda, I live close to you. I would be more than happy to take some of it off your hands if you need.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 03:49 AM

It would be fun to see some pictures of your collapsed barns..

A couple thoughts:

Collapsed buildings tend to be dangerous

Reclaimed wood can be really cool and valuable..or just a mess that’s not worth dealing with. Usually a mix of the two extremes.

Use caution in letting (non-professional) strangers work on dangerous projects on your property.

A good starting point might be to try and determine the species, and check around to see if there’s a shop that sells the type of boards you have.

Last, collapsed buildings can add character!

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 01:59 PM

i knew christef would be all over this

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 01:45 AM


I am actually looking for some reclaimed wood, not in massive amounts or for commercial use, but rather for a few projects around the house and some Christmas gift ideas. If there are some shorter pieces I’d be more than happy to come take a little bit off your hands. Again, not much help with the entire structure, but every little bit helps.

I can’t send messages because I haven’t reached the allotted 5 pictures required, but if you don’t mind shooting me an email – ryandarcy22 at

Thanks so much!


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