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Donated Trees Used to Build Old Fashioned Barn

Posted at: 07/19/2013 5:30 PM
Updated at: 07/19/2013 6:16 PM
By: Katie Eldred



(ABC 6 News) -- Last year one hundred year old trees were donated to build an old fashioned timber framed barn on the grounds of the Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show.

This year they are raising the barn during the show. One hundred years ago it took a village to raise a barn.

"The surrounding community and all the neighbors would come and make it happen," said Todd Juzwiak.

For this barn they are using the crowd at the Annual Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show.

"I always come to these shows and look at all these people and think we could build a barn and now we are," said Juzwiak.

Juzwiak is with Dream Acres Timber Framers. He and his crew started construction on this barn at last year’s show.

"It's really impressive we're building this barn and it's built just like they would have 100 years ago," said Juzwiak.

That means no modern tools or technology.

"With wooden pegs that hold it together, no metal fasteners like you see in modern day timber framed construction,” said the show’s president Les Radcliffe.

"There's nothing fast about it, it's slow and steady work," said Juzwiak.

The project goes along with everything else you'd see at the show.

"It's just to show people how things were done in the past, it's a history lesson really," said Radcliffe.

The other lesson here, the hard work it took just to build one barn.

"It was extremely labor intensive compared to framing today, they didn't have cranes so they did ropes and poles, and they just went shoulder to shoulder to lift it up," said Radcliffe.

Just like a 100 years ago, the hard work done by many pays off.

"This is thrilling, it really empowers people, we don't need a crane and people can bring their grandkids out here and show them what we built," said Juzwiak.

If you would like to help build the timber framed barn there. The Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show runs through Sunday. There will be two more barn raisings during that time.