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Bob Brothen's Old-World Barn

2011 Personal Best First Place Winner in Small Barns and Toolsheds, LT10 owner Bob Brothen

When traveling abroad, Bob Brothen was inspired to bring something back. “On a visit to my grandfather’s home in Norway I saw buildings constructed by my great grandfather in the 1880’s. The ability to saw lumber to build in that style inspired us to plan a building that would emulate his work.” With the use of his Wood-Mizer LT10, and some help from his brother and son, Bob created his 924 square foot barn over the course of one fall and two summers. Bob was sure to stay true to his inspired design. “We used a type of timber frame construction, board and batten siding, extended floor joists, dormers, and wide board flooring similar to what my great grandfather might have done. The trim and color is old Norway inspired. I felt that we produced something that will last not only because of the solid wood construction but because its unique character will be worth preserving,” said Bob. “In a world where so much is manufactured and mass produced, a unique building using unique materials always seems to generate interest.” For this project, Bob, his son, and his brother, were able to cut 6,000 board feet of pine and poplar in a little over 60 hours, spread over five weekends. “When we purchased the LT10 sawmill, we planned to saw only specialty lumber for small projects. We soon learned that our Wood-Mizer has the capability to go well beyond our initial expectations.”




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