The Extinction of Wood Barns

In just a few more generations wood barns will very likely become extinct. There are two main reasons for this. First, the cost of upkeep has become prohibitive for many farmers. To save time and money, wood is being replaced with metal or vinyl. The second reason is the value of gently aged barnwood. Barns, like the one in these pictures, are being sold for a high price mostly because of the value in the aged wood.

Pat and I share a love for these barns, perhaps because we see a beauty and majestic presence in them. It might also be because we – as we age – value the wrinkles and crinkles of time weathered things. I hope you too can see a beauty in these images.

what made us stop

what made us stop


double doors

double doors


on a rail

on a rail


wood shingles

wood shingles


nails

nails


knot

knot


corner

corner

One Comment on “The Extinction of Wood Barns

  1. Lovely! I, too, love wrinkles and crinkles in old things…..have yet to visit the U.S. and am giving thought to where I would like to go. Love your barns, your abandoned mining towns etc. but the U.S. is vast compared to the UK!

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