Whether I’m running errands locally or taking a long-distance road trip, my eyes are always drawn to barns that I pass by. Dutch barns, crib barns, cantilever barns….love them all. And whenever I see an old abandoned barn, my imagination runs wild: the stories of the people who once used the barn, why and how long it’s been sitting unused, the new uses that could be made from the barnwood.
I’ve had barns on my mind lately, thanks not only to some cool barn sightings on my drives, but thanks to several folks who have asked me if I create furniture from barnwood. A resounding yes to that – barnwood furniture is one of my favorites.
Thanks to a friend in Tennessee, I have a terrific collection of barnwood – D.G. was kind enough to gift me her family’s old barn that they were planning on demolishing. (Yes, the entire barn….what a gift!) That old Tennessee barnwood has already resulted in some of my favorite pieces (see “Grahamworth” above), and I’ve recently been sorting through the remaining barnwood and getting ideas for what to create next.
Stay tuned for some new pieces – lifelong furniture from at least one old barn that had a good long life….and continues in new forms. And a big “thank you” again to D.G. for her generosity of her family’s barn.