The only original structure on our new property is a tobacco barn. Old tobacco barns are a common site in rural NC. They were vital for the air-curing process of the tobacco leaves. Typically the barns are approximately 16x16 feet and about a story and a half high. The wood was commonly covered with green tar paper to preserve and insulate. I have a thing for old barns, so this little gem captured my attention. I often imagined the calloused hands that worked in this barn.
This would be no small task, so we sent out a plea for some strong and able bodies. Several dads, kids, and teens showed up to make it happen.
|The kids. I love how they all like each other.|
The first task was to remove all of the green tar paper. As the kids began, they were pulling off tiny pieces so I suggested we see who could pull the largest piece off. Good, healthy competition.
|Three of the four sides were covered in green tar paper. The "healthy" brown wood was covered. The grey wood to the left was the only side exposed to the elements.|
And then 60 year old vines.
I hated to see this little lean-to go, but it was barely hanging on by a few nails.
We were able to salvage the tin roof and the cedar poles of the lean-to.
After many hours of hard, hot labor we had salvaged a beautiful pile of barnwood.