The month of January was one of astonishingly mild temperatures and BNHV staff took full advantage. Throughout January, Historic Buildings and Grounds Manager, Scott Schotz, and Farmstead Assistant, Sara Miller, were able to get much valuable work done on the farmstead. Though the barn was raised by the end of summer, it remained open to the rough elements of fall and winter. However, January’s mellow weather allowed Scott and Sara to get three sides of the barn sided! The interior will now be protected from the elements.
Scott and Sara were also able to construct and install a brand new rolling door. Sara cut and planed the wood for Scott to build with. This door was installed on the oxen house located upon our working Farmstead. It was built from 100% salvaged material and is a historically accurate reproduction. Our Farmstead is interpreted to the late 19th/early 20th century. The hardware used (rollers and track) is original to the late 19th century, and the wainscoting (1 inch thick) is dated to the early 20th century.
January also marked the start of our 2nd Annual Timer Framing Workshop. We have had a great turn out thus far and our timber framers are busy working on wings which will be added onto the hay barn in the coming spring. Great job, Timber Framers!