I know--you're probably wondering where I went. Perhaps the thought crossed your mind that my twowheeling luck had run out. Well, the rumors of my demise were greatly exaggerated!
I haven't had much to write about since the fall of 2011 because that's when I unchained myself from my desk and tunnelled out of the corporate law world into the land of Amish farms, 19th century barns and manual labor. I still practice law almost "full time" from my cloud office, but I spend an equal amount of time working for the Mt Vernon Barn Company, a company that dismantles, moves, rebuilds and repurposes early 19th century handhewn timberframe barns and log houses. www.mtvernonbarn.com We also make furniture from reclaimed wood we find in our barns and log houses.
We just dismantled, moved and finished reconstructing a massive 1830 barn in Knox County. Here are some before and after photos:
We start by finding a great barn that needs a new home.
Then we have to clean out 50-150 years of accumulated hay, straw and barn junk.....I mean "treasures."
This is pretty dangerous work but we're careful and haven't had any serious injuries--just a couple minor casualties.
Then we put it back up.
We build really nice cupolas from scratch.
The almost finished product.
We operate the barn business from our farm outside of Gambier, Ohio, so I don't bike downtown much any more. In fact, I hate to admit that I spend most days driving around the Ohio countryside in a pickup truck.
(Actually, this is one of our barn finds--a 1951 Ford F-3 pickup. We've got it running well but it's geared too low to go very fast or very far. We use it mainly to turn heads.)
I love my new office views!
I haven't quite figured out how to move a barn via bicycle, but I'm working on it. It might be a challenge to move these 62 ft long handhewn timbers.
They don't make trees like this any more!
I did bike the 120 miles to our farm and back about once per week in the summer and hope to pick that routine back up in the spring.
We've completed two barn projects so far and are breaking ground on our third this week.
Sorry to be so long-winded, but I haven't blogged in awhile and there sure is lots to catch you up on. I hope you enjoy the barn stories and photos.
There's lots to catch you up on in the CBus twowheeling world, too. I'll try to provide a balance between barns and bikes in the coming months.
Over and out.