Lakeside Family Hosts Old-fashioned “Barn Raising”

Visitors are invited to experience the romance and camaraderie of an old-fashioned “barn raising” Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, in the Chautauqua community of Lakeside, Ohio. Homeowners Frank and Brenda Baker will lead a crew of family and friends in raising the timber frame of their new cottage by hand, and look forward to a celebratory event with plenty of guests.

“People have always enjoyed the fellowship of coming together to build something,” Frank Baker, founder of Riverbend Timber Framing, said.  “I think it’s in our DNA.”

Timber framing is a centuries-old building method prized for its sturdiness, longevity and beauty.  The massive timber “bones” of the cottage will be assembled like a puzzle at the site, joined with wooden pegs, then lifted into place by the volunteer crew.

“All the joinery is pre-cut, and it’s really neat to see how the pieces fit together,” Baker said.  “It’s a fascinating process, and you don’t get a chance to see it too often.”

The raising will take place at 174 Vine Street in Lakeside, with work planned to begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. For maps and directions visit www.LakesideOhio.com/directions For more information contact Riverbend Timber Framing at 888-486-2363.

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3 Responses

  1. Frank,
    We’d all love to see some photos of the “barn” raising at the new green cottage.

  2. I have been trying to figure out what the little structure is on top of the old country barns. Is it a pigeon coop? What purpose does it serve if it is not a pigeon coop. I am a city girl basically but when we take rides thru the country we see this structure on top of the barns. Thanks for the education.

    Jean Woodruff

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