Barn in Oregon Framed with 1″ Lumber

I’ve been going through old photos lately. I shot photos of this beautiful barn in 2014. I posted it back then, but I think it’s worth looking at it again, in more detail. Here’s what I wrote:

There are buildings that have — for lack of a better word — a sweetness to them. Like this barn, like a small abandoned cottage in an English field I once found, slowly disintegrating back into the soil from which all its materials came. Inside, I could feel the lives that had been lived there. Or the buildings of master carpenter Lloyd House. It happens most frequently in barns, where practicality and experience create form with function. Architecture without architects.

The unique feature here is that the roof’s curve is achieved by building the rafters out of 1″ material. 1 × 12s laminated together (I believe 4 of them) to achieve the simplest of laminated trusses. The barn is 24′ wide, 32′ long, 26′ to the ridge. Thanks to Mackenzie Strawn for measuring it; he also wrote: “I have a carpentry manual from the 1930’s with a short section on the Gothic arch barns, they suggest making the roof radius ¾ of the width.”

One Response to Barn in Oregon Framed with 1″ Lumber

  1. Hi Floyd,

    Another great post…

    If you would mind indulging the musings of an “old Barnwright” I have a few observations…

    First, I would suggest that your work over the years as I have seen you build or help build things…(or that of many cultures Barn, and Housewrights)… are just as on par with any modern architects often feckless attempts to capture something like we see in this post…Perhaps even more so, as the Shinto principle that a house can have a soul or spirit ( 魂-Tamashī 精神-Seishin) is more likely to come from a Housewright before that of many (most?) architects today…since too many have ceased knowing how to build their own designs from scratch decades ago in most cultures…but…I must add, not all, and those are a dream to work with on projects…

    I would also point out that the Gothic Barns started after 1885 and kept going for over 60 years plus in stong fashion thanks to Sears (aka the “Cyclone Barns”) and others that promoted there wind resistance designs. They are truly timeless in nature and capacity…Technically the “rafter” is a…Principal Rafter, Rib or Cruck and the roof is supported by a purlin system rather than the common rafter systems of other structures…

    Thanks again for reposting this photo…These are wonderful buildings!!!

    j

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