Scarf Joint in Barn

Scarf joint in barn on Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Photo by Lloyd Kahn

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6 Responses to Scarf Joint in Barn

  1. Anon says:

    beautiful. amazing (or maybe not) when practical skills are beautiful art.

  2. Joe says:

    That is beautiful. With all due respect; I am curious which connection you are referring to? There are a number of members being connected to one another in this pic but the one that seems to be the focus, most obvious and most beautiful is actually a scarf joint. It is the long “lap/splice” joint of the 2 horizontal members that appear to be a purlin which supports rafters approx. midspan between the ridge and rafter plate. Scarf joints generally do not have a mortise or a tenon. There are many configurations; some with pegs, some with opposing wedges, some have interlocking elements to them and occasionally there may be a mortise/tenon element but that is fairly rare. Again, not trying to bust on you. I love the pics of barns in particular! I’m a timber framer for a living and glad to see these kind of pics! Nice work!

  3. Also, the Tumblr link is to “Log cabin in Colorado woods, 1970’s.” Jeesh, what a load of whiny critics there are today!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Joe, Thanks! The star of this show is surely the scarf joint; I wrote the caption in a hurry and, at 2nd pass, I don’t really see evidence of mortise and tenon. I’m not sure whether or not the scarf joint is tenoned to the post or if the cross-tie is tenoned lower down on the post.

  5. Anonymous says:

    (Above comment from Lloyd.)

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