Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Day At An Amish Farm

Yesterday afternoon, in search of hand-hewn barn beams, I met Abe and his kids. They have a small re-claimed wood and flooring business near my buddy Shawn's dad's farm.

Hand-Hewn beams, Oak and Pine. 

The Amish are famous for not wasting good wood. A few years ago, on the edge of a steep ravine, a giant Hard Maple fell. Abe tried for three years to drag it out of the ravine, but it was too big and heavy for his best horses. Finally, a kidder on tracks was in the area, and they were able to winch it out. By then, the wood had spalted. Abe sawed the entire log into 4/4 planks, and now it's about 800 feet of flooring.

There are about 100,000 bf of 4/4 re-sawn blanks in his shed. Dry, ready for the kiln and to be processed into furniture and flooring.

Below is 500 bf of new, air-dried 8/4 by 10" by 8' White Oak. The White Oak is sandwiched between new, air-dried, live-edge Black Walnut.

All together there is 13,000 bf of air-dried 4/4 and 8/4 Black Walnut, 6" to 10" wide, 6' to 10' long.

This is 12,500 bf of H1 and H2 Heart Pine from an old warehouse. The thicker flooring is 2 1/2 inches thick. The roof decking is 1 inch thick.

There are many kinds of hay hooks. This is the rare "Eagle" brand, and it will sell for over $250.

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