I finally got the video put together; it's not real long and it's definitely not real complicated subject matter...but it was kind of a tricky thing to film, between the wind blowing the camera around and the sky being crazy bright...editing all the footage down into usable stuff took a little work.
Anyhow...what a fun project the barn deconstruction was. I don't know that I'd want to do it every day, but every now and then...pretty enjoyable work.
I don't know much about the structure's history, nor do I have any idea how old the thing was, but it appeared to be like a lot of farm buildings: put together with whatever materials were close by, and added on to or reconfigured over the years as needs changed. I was told it was, at least at some point, a meat-curing building, and that was pretty evident from how many giant nails were half-driven into everything possible and, presumably, used to hang meat from. Once we got the roof on the ground, we found a lot of old-school hangers, like coat hangers, nailed into the rafters, which was kind of a neat discovery.
The wood that came out of the thing was, at first glance, pine and oak. All of it was nailed together - indicating that the structure probably wasn't crazy old - and while the vast majority of the fasteners were relatively modern nails, I found a couple square-cut nails as well, and there's nothing modern about those. Some of the wood had been milled on a bandsaw, and some of it had been milled by something with a giant circular blade. The roof had a number of layers, the top being corrugated metal, then asphalt shingles, then wooden shingles
Once I get the lumber somewhere suitable for closer inspection (and denailing...man, I do NOT enjoy denailing), I'll be able to figure out what can be used for what; some of the thinner, more fragile lumber will be limited to decorative stuff, while the bulkier pieces, I bet I can squeeze a table or two out of them. I'd really like to salvage some of the roof sheathing (naily board), but given how many layers of roofing were on this thing, the wood might be a little **too** naily.
Regardless, if you've ever wanted to see what deconstructing (and demo'ing, although we only demo'd things that were too far gone or unsafe to be salvageable) a little barn in the middle of Missouri looks like on a windy 100-degree day...here's an example.