WoodWriting Haiku Thursday's --by RusticWoodArt #54: Old Barns Have a Life of Their Own

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Blog entry by frank posted 09-10-2009 06:04 AM 3740 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Old Barns Have a Life of Their Own

barn spirits await their turn,
I pause to reflect

….old barn gathers new,
new wood mixes with old wood,
boards dry across bay

….boards soak to full-fill,
character be-comes milieu,
new think tanks of wood

….this one calls my name,
maple crown turned up-side down,
dreaming what can be
—-by flp


Thank you.

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” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 08:11 AM

Very nice Frank. Thank you for your thoughts.


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#2 posted 09-10-2009 01:39 PM

Thanks, Frank for the inspiration.

I am sure that the novelty of carrying those boards up the ladder and man-uvering them through the access wore off fairly quickly but it looks to be a good place to store them.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 02:17 PM

I grew up helping bringing in the hay, remembering the steaming mounds wafting through the dust in the peaks of the barn. Riding the hay rakes up with the load and jumping off before tripping it in time to start stacking another load, making room where you thought there was none. I remember those hot wonderful days and the table spreads Grandma had layed out for us after work, eating till you nearly passed out. I remember all the old horse collars and bits hanging around the walls from times gone by. Yes Frank, I love old barns too. I grew up and became a man in one. Milking cows, pitching manure, pitching hay, slaughtering the beef and pigs in the barn. I loved it and the people that lived there. Thanks for the reminder. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 02:56 PM

Thank you Frank

Same memories except I only spent my summers at my Grandparents farm.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 06:00 PM

Well me too Dick, I didn’t mean to make it sound like I lived on the farm, but I spent a lot of my time out there as a kid. Gramp still had 1 old horse left named Pet. It was a Percheon and blind. We would ride him around the barnyard. He would stop by the fence so three of us could get off. Then I went off to seminary school to see if that was my calling. I quickly decided I liked girls too much. LOL. At least one little honey.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 07:32 PM

I always enjoy Haiku day…thanks Frank for another gift of inspiration….and a moment of reflection…....

That barn is beautiful…you have done such a great job in restoring and maintaining it…

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#7 posted 09-11-2009 02:09 AM

Many thanks to all;
—-for your comments and veiwing….and even for the great conversation that got going between Dick and Mike.

Now lets proceed to answer the comment that Scott threw in up there….”the novelty of carrying those boards up the ladder and man-uvering them through the access ”.

Many of these boards are running in excess of 20’, even going on to 26’ – 30’ in length, while over to the left and not shown in the pictures are boards also running to 20’’ wide etc. Very few of these boards can be brought up through the opening you see pictured herin. Therefore there remains the need to get these boards up to the third floor by an easier method….and yes, I have thought ahead since I don’t have time to do that much work hauling up and down.

As I mentioned earlier in a blog story, this is a 4 bay English Barn and the keyword here is ‘4 bay’. My wife has one bay (the fourth) which is the larger of the other bays, while we share the third bay and that leaves me two bays which I have not talked about yet, for that is my workshop. On my side of the barn, in the second and first bay, there is also a partial second floor, which is also used for drying and storing wood.

I can access the third floor from my side by the second bay, second floor….but most of the boards are lifted//hefted up from the first floor to the third floor in the third bay, by hand or block and tackle. I am also showing an other way of getting boards up to the second floor of the second and first bays and on up to the third floor, through the door you see in the last photo….but then again this is a short living history of the barn and I will go into further detail in a future or many future blog stories.

I must admit that I never am at a loss of words when writing about barns….but then every-thing has a time and place….

....and so let the photos now do the talking….



Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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