At least it wasn't 100° yesterday like it was all of last week...it was only like 94°.
Most of that statement is sarcasm, but the truth is, those 6° make a pretty big difference.
Anyhow...yesterday I headed out to the middle of Missouri to load up the trailer and drag the reclaimed barn lumber back to the shop. You might remember the small barn (a meat-curing building, really) we took down a couple weeks ago:
It was definitely not a large structure, and while we only reclaimed maybe 35% of the wood - the rest was either too rotten or too busted up to be worthwhile to haul off site, denail, clean up, etc. - we definitely filled the trailer. Ballparking the numbers a little bit, I estimate it to be somewhere around 1,300 board feet of wood. We'll try to sell whatever we can, and whatever's left will get used in upcoming builds.
The wood we were able to reclaim consists of a wide variety of board sizes and conditions. Most of it is pine, but there's a little oak mixed in as well. Some of the lumber is newer, like 50-years-old "new". Some of the lumber is pretty old, as evidenced by the use of giant square-cut nails to hold the very perimeter framing together.
My favorite couple pieces of lumber we got from the barn are the roof rafters with the original meat-hanging hooks still attached:
Most of the time, reclaimed barn wood is sort of generic. Sure, it's got character and patina and whatnot, but what really tells the story of a barn's use or age is in the details, like the joinery methods used to fasten one chunk of wood to another, or any associated hardware like meat-hanging hooks or hay trolleys. Sometimes during deconstruction or demolition that stuff gets overlooked or destroyed, so I was pretty happy to be able to salvage a couple of rafters (I didn't know they existed until we used the loader to knock the structure over) that tell much, much more of this barn's story than the wood that came from the more generic parts of the structure do.