I hope not, because here we go on another barngress post. You lucky, lucky ducks. This will be the last one for now. I’ll explain what I mean by that below.
At the end of my last barn post, Andy and Tom Cruise had finished siding the front of the barn with worm wood pine. I don’t think that’s the technical name of it, but it’s literal. It’s pine that has worm holes in it. Rustic character provided by nature? You bet.
I need to digress for a second. I’m pretty sure my husband is a mutant. I mean that in a very loving way, but he often leaves me perplexed. He has a hard work ethic I’ve never seen in anyone else. I actually had someone ask me how I “motivated” my husband to fix/build things around the house. I just stood there. Are you kidding me? The guy leaves me in his smoke. I don’t even know what’s going on half of the time except I hear “I’m going to Home Depot” and before I know it I’m in the truck just because I have to know what the hell is about to go down. Or when he says he’s going outside “to putter”, while I’m shoving my face with pie, I hear the chainsaw, see trees falling and all of the sudden we have room for an orchard. What?! I have a sneaking suspicion he was infused with Ox DNA at birth. I may start a research panel because I’m fairly certain it’s abnormal for someone to enjoy and thrive off hard work this much, let alone have the stamina. Oh, and if you think I’m complaining—I’m not. It’s one of the reasons I married him. I. Love. It.
Back to the topic at hand. This weekend, while I was having intense debates with Troy and fixating on other landscaping—like adding some beautiful red tones to my shoulders, the man-ox hybrid and his brother continued putting up the piney gloriousness that is the barn siding. Due to the height of the barn and the lumber we’re using (the lumber we had sawn), it meant that we didn’t have lumber long enough for the back. So instead of making it piecemeal and look odd, Andy decided to use this obstacle to actually incorporate a design feature into the building. Of course he did. Because he’s Andy. I would have laid it like flooring and made it look like shit. He on the other hand laid it out with a simple overlap, and then chalk lined right about where the roof starts and made an unexpected detail in the back.
A half moon? A boom chain welded in the shape of an S? A painted on lab?
- Nothing because it would mean getting the staging back out and going up there and me likely doing it and I’m not keen on staging?
As well, the boys built a lean off the side of the barn. Oh, you didn’t think we were just going to have an awkwardly tall and narrow barn, did you? Not on our homestead.
It was smart thinking on Andy’s part though, because we are getting a sawmill, and need to put it there. As I expected them to start excavating I saw the boys conversing and then going towards the garage. Uh Oh. Out came my husband with a roaring chainsaw and full gear. Always keeping me on my toes. As it turns out a beautiful maple was in the way of both the lean and another project down the line (or so I was told, I’m still slightly confused as is par for the course) so the tree needed to be felled. Here’s what I want you to see though—just how precisely the kid can fell a tree. Looks like it’s about to hit the barn, right?
It was a lot more technical than that but blah blah blah. Let’s get to aesthetics. If the siding on this side of the barn looks like crap, you’re correct—and we know it. I guess it doesn’t read as crap in this photo, but in person it’s funny. This is the side facing the woods. The side under the lean, and the side no one really sees. So we saved the crappiest pieces for this side and didn’t worry too much about anything else. I even helped nail most of this side, hence the near finished photo only. I asked Andy how people were actually going to believe he was a construction professional with a barn side looking like this. He just laughed.
What about a roof on the lean? You didn’t think Andy was going to pay for a roof did you? Not a chance. We’re yankee-thrift all up in this homestead. See, we have steel roofing on our house. Specifically on the part we’re renovating, changing the roof line on, and getting all new steel for. That means the old steel on the house is going to be re-purposed as the roofing for the lean. Then the final touches will happen and the barn will be completed; and when this happens, I’ll be here to tell you all about it.
xo (not ox),
P.S. In true moment of “Andy Decorates” he hung the boom chains, which his dad found at the bottom of Ripogenus Lake from the old log drives, on old cast-iron hardware we had dug up around our yard. Little known fact—way back in the day our property was a farm, and the old farm and attached barn burnt to the ground. Over the years the soil buried the old hardware and a lot of granite from the foundation. You can see a bunch of the granite in the background of the shot below. We have even more large slabs on another part of our property, and used even more in the retaining wall stairs and the temporary stairs to our house.
P.P.S. If you don’t know about the log drives in Maine, it’s a huge part of the Maine heritage and it’s actually really interesting. Look it up!