How does one find barn wood or as I know it now, Reclaimed Lumber? Well one gets in her car, drives through the country side, and finds a barn. After a, “No, I don’t want to tear down my barn.” I had to find another barn. These had to be old. At that time that is all I knew. I needed barns with pinned beams. So I drove until I found another one. And, “I don’t know anyone that wants to tear down a barn!” This was the response I was given time and time again. “So many no’s lead to a yes.” I’ve learned after a decade of working in sales, so I kept asking until I found my yes. “Sure you can tear down our barn in trade for the lumber. When can you start?” was the actual response. Not only did I find a yes, I found “that’s one ridiculously huge gambrel dairy barn”! And we could have it all, I just had to find a way to tear it down with no money to invest. A 45 foot tall Gambrel barn filled with lumber, I could not let a little thing like no money or no clue what to do stop us. I knew as I stood there agreeing to take this barn down that no one was going to believe this, but it could be done. And I was going to do it.
It can be a crowbar, a hammer, or a chainsaw in my hand. I love the work. There is something exciting to me about being in these old barns. You never know what you will find or what someone else will create from what I find. The work is hard, tiring, and so very dirty, but I just love doing it.
Reclaimed Barns & Beams provides lumber to those who create using historic wood that has a story.