The Friends of Ohio Barns Endowment Fund is Growing!

But we need more help! Are you interested in donating to a worthy cause and help save Ohio’s barns? Friends of Ohio Barns has established an endowment fund to help support the organization’s various barn programs. Through the Columbus Foundation, a state wide philanthropic organization, you can donate to the Friend’s endowment fund online through the Power Philanthropy arm of the foundation.

The easiest way to find our portrait page and make a secure donation is via Power Philanthropy & The Columbus Foundation. Follow the directions to make a worthwhile donation and feel good about helping our fund grow.

See more details about on our Endowment Fund page through this website.

Unusual Joinery Detail found in Bellefontaine Barn

During the recent JBD workshop in Bellefontaine, Ohio, we came across a pretty interesting joinery detail. It is similar to Jan Lewandoski’s description of a tying joint variation in the Timber Framers Guild “Joinery & Design Workbook”. Illustrated by Jack Sobon, it describes a bridle joint with necked tie-beam and extended shoulders. The double tenons in the Longbrake-Smith barn, circa 1870’s go clear through the scarfed eave plate and stand 4″ proud of the plate. It then has approx. 1″ pegs that help secure the scarf in its orientation and seemingly prevent outward rotation of the plate by the downward forces of the roof… very unusual!

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