Bringing Down the Barn

 This old barn had been deemed unsafe and unstable, and it needed to come down so we could build something more inhabitable in its place.

Sunday was the day.

Phase 1: The center support

Phase 2: The Front Corner

Phase 3: The 2nd Corner

This is when Paul's brother just sort of pushed on the side and it all came crashing down

And the first floor is gone....

Phase 4: Crowbar, sledge and axe

Paul and his brother spent a couple hours and reduced this half barn to...

A pile of sticks.

Next up, salvaging any usable barn wood.

Watching it all go down.

Cale spent a lot of time with the saw this weekend. Helping to cut up wood for the stove. I think it was about this time on Sunday he got into some type of briars and one ended up in his eye. For which he ended up at the eye doctor this morning getting it removed. 24 hours with a thorn embedded in your eye is no fun, neither is getting it pulled out with tweezers. He is left with a very red, scratched left eye.


Cohen and Rylan did their share of pruning and sawing too.  Collecting firewood, cleaning up fence rows and brush piles, and helping to resuscitate the old apple tree.

And they all came home exhausted Sunday night.

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  3. Bet yall got alot of nice old barn wood to make things with :)

  4. Oh my gosh! His poor eye. :( I am so glad it is out.

    I loved the pictures of the barn coming down. So pretty and sad all at once. You better show the photos of the new one.