iFarm Water Tower Topped

Over the past year, part of our crew has been busy repairing a barn at I-Farm, a multi-building complex soon to become a working farm that teaches early farm technology and sustainable agricultural practices. Around the turn of the century, the barn that had been there previously, a hand-hewn English frame (eave entry) was converted…

Arbor line

Arbor Days

Arbor Day is everyday down at iFarm this spring.  Brian and Shawn have been building an arbor that will support fruiting vines, like arctic kiwi, on this permaculture farm.  Serpentine in layout, the arbor is constructed from black locust saplings with simple half-lap joinery on full-round material.  Black locust is a choice species for use…

Historic Homes

Many of our clients are stewards of their historic homes. Others just happen to inhabit an old house. Almost all are entrusting our crew with their most valuable and precious possession. PTF replaces sills and dismantles entire walls. We plane pine panelling by hand, and design reproduction fireplace surrounds. We install historically-sensitive energy upgrades and convert churches into…

The Wall Street Journal on I-Farm

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article about I-Farm and Chris Barensfeld’s efforts to restore it.  Online, the story was accompanied by a video and slideshow.  From the article: For years, Christine Barensfeld dreamed about fixing up and living in a property down the street from her home: a historic white barn, carriage…