Rustic Innovations
Preserving History, Recycling Barns

Osceola Frame is Raised Again
Frame and Raising Details
  • 23' x 32' with 14' sidewalls
  • Mortise and tenon joinery for wooden pegs
  • Hand Hewn 7 x 7 timbers
  • Rebirth happens near the Boundary Waters in Minnesota
  • No crane or pole power available, lots of ingenuity and man power

Bent #1 up The term Bents refer to a frame work that makes up a cross section of a barn. In this photo Bent #1 has been raised.
Ready for #2 to go up In this photo; wall jacks, ropes, and push poles are ready to raise Bent #2
Raising Bent #2 Raising of Bent #2 is in progess.
Pulling the bents together Cables are used to pull the bents together as the old tenons are guided into their mortises.
All Bents UP All the bents are up
Top Plate going up The wall jacks raise the top-plate beams that connect the bents.
Top-plate going up The wall jacks raise the top-plate beams that connect the bents.
Lowering the top plate into place The top-plate beam is lower as its mortises are aligned with the post tenons.
Frame is up The full frame is up. This is looking from the south.
Frame is up The full frame is up. This is looking from the north.
Frame is up The full frame is up. This is looking at the interior knee braces.
We pay homage to the forest that supplied the trees 100 years ago Tradition is to hang a spruce branch to pay homage to the forest that supplied the wood. Our branch reflects wood that was harvested 120 years ago.
Crew - New Barn Owner and raising volunteers This small group was responsible for the raising completed in a couple of days. The new barn owner, Rustic Innovations' owner, and the volunteers that help.
Here is how the barn looked at its old location. Click on photo to see more old photos. Nearly all of the barn's material was reclaimed.
  • The timber frame was used in this raising.
  • The siding was used for 2 other jobs.
  • The metal roofing was used for 2 different jobs.
  • The sills, that were able to be saved, were used in fireplace mantels (see Mantel Page).
  • Finally, the rafters and roof boards were used for various jobs and for furniture (see Furniture Page).

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