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…

Polish/Polish

Since last we updated, PTF has been busy on a number of projects.  The Northern contingent documented and dismantled a barn in West Poland, which will be repaired and rebuilt on a new site five miles away. The Southern contingent is repairing the trim on the Federated Church in South Berwick, as well as putting…

Lebanon Barn Coming in for the Finish

A few months back, we disassembled a barn in Lebanon, Maine.  Since then, we took the pieces back to the shop, repaired what we could, and re-designed the rest.  This Spring, we assembled the frame using original and remade pieces, and Shawn and his crew have been busy hanging the cornice. Click on the photos…

Shop Time

During the past few months, Ed has been busy at the shop cutting a reproduction barn frame for a client.  The original barn fell in a Nor’Easter, and we salvaged as much as we could.  We will re-use much of the bracing, an upper gable, and a front gable drive post that has a large…

Barn Assessments

New England is peppered with antique barns in various states of disrepair, and saving them is central to our mission.  Timber-framed barns are icons of the New England landscape.  They connect us to our agrarian and architectural history and contain centuries of embodied energy.  But many other books, such as Field Guide to New England…