I love post-and-beam (also known as timberpegged or timber-framed) barns. I admire the beauty of them, the hard work of the people who built them, the skill of the master framers who crafted the amazing mortise-and-tenon (no nails here, folks) joints, and the magnificent timber that was used to build them. Where are you going to find an 80-foot 10" x 10" today? It is a shame that we have lost so many of these historic buildings.
The next time you're in an old barn, look at the high space of the hay mows, the way the aisles run, and the sunlight shining through the gaps in the planks like stained glass.
Pictures are of the great Coxwell tithe barn in England.
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