Arron signals the crane operator as he lowers the H onto the sill

Paper Beats Rock

We all have illusions about longevity. Many people think that a building’s strength is derived from its foundation, made of stone, or brick, or concrete, but that’s only partly true. A good foundation is a blessing, but a bad foundation is not damning. We’ve seen so many foundation failures that in a well-designed timber frame, we…

Jennison Barn

Bread and Butter Barn

I write a lot about our unusual jobs: a deserted island, an elevated dance floor, or a building-sized jewelry box, but most of us got into this to do jobs like the Jennison barn. The job incorporates so many of PTF’s defining motifs: barn preservation, adaptive re-use, local history and creative clients. The Jennisons called in early…

Carpenter's shop, naked at dawn

A Carpenter’s Shop

I think most people on the crew have come across a frame that made them stop, and think, “Man, that’s the frame I’d build for myself.”  I think I’ve found mine.  It’s one of what will be three barns on a piece of property in Poland, ME – a horse barn, dairy barn and carpenter’s…