The dignity of sweat
To dare to overcome untamed lands
To tap the will and mind
And transform mammoth trees
to great beams of support
And stone from earth to vast walls of last
Indeed anonymous, indeed a lost spirit
Landlords of the earth, indeed gone.
Barns the world over are one of the greatest architectural
vernacular expressions. They have had historic roots
as great instruments of storage for countless centuries
– the placement of both farm crops and stabling
of farm stock within their walls. Barns can be deeply
appreciated for their great beauty and purity of form.
They may be regarded as special windows of opportunity
in unraveling secrets of the agrarian past. They also
reflect how rural folk lived their independent and determined
lives. In barns of whatever ethnic origin there may
be seen great levels of skill that was manifested by
ancient timber framers and masons. Barns are constructed
of great timbers that came from trees in primeval forests
that once covered North America. Barns were made to
endure for generations.