Want to live in a barn?

When a barn reaches the end of its useful life it is usually torn down and for some a company like Aged Woods repurposes the wood for another use. It is good for the landowner, for the company who recycles the wood and the person who ultimately gets the reclaimed wood in their home. But [...]

April 27th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

You can’t hit the broadside of a barn: Baseball edition

For any fan who has gone to a baseball game there is nothing worse than a pitcher that can’t throw strikes. The amount of time it takes to play a major league game is getting longer and it is partly because pitchers struggle. When they get really wild there have been many pitching coaches out [...]

April 25th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Barns of the Civil War: Jacob Montfort

The American Civil War was the most violent conflict this continent has ever witnessed. Central to many of the great and small battles were family farms and their barns. While many of these barns have been lost to time some of them still exist today. While they will never be used for reclaimed wood we [...]

April 20th, 2017|Barns of the Civil War, History|

Maple Syrup: A treat from a tree

Do you like pancakes or waffles in the morning? Most people do. The maple syrup that goes on top makes your breakfast a sweet delight. That syrup that you are pouring has a long history and was one of the most important discoveries here in North America. But just beware that not all maple syrups [...]

April 18th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

The baseball bat

You cannot play the game of baseball without a bat. Baseball bats, per major league rules, are to be solid pieces of wood with a regular 2.61 inch width but their length and weight can vary but cannot exceed 42 inches in length. Most wooden bats have been made of ash but some others are [...]

April 13th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

Canada’s oldest tree

There is some debate as to what is Canada's oldest tree. One possibility, a subalpine larch believed to be about 1,917 years old, calls Kananaskis Country in Alberta home. The subalpine larch is a very hearty tree and can survive at high altitudes and grow in a variety of soils and shade levels. This tree’s [...]

April 11th, 2017|World's Oldest Trees|

The Red Oak

This deciduous tree is native to North America and can be found stretching from Maine to Georgia and west to Arkansas and Minnesota. It even stretches into Canada in Ontario and Quebec. It typically grows to about 90 feet though many can grow taller and it is believed to be able to live to be [...]

April 6th, 2017|Red Oak, Types of Wood|

The Chestnut Civilization

The chestnut tree is one of the most useful and beautiful trees the world has ever known. Their nuts can be used as a food source or ground into flour to make pancakes or bread and their wood was used in some of the most exquisite buildings and furniture throughout the world. The tree was [...]

April 4th, 2017|Barnyard fun|

The most holy tree in the world?

Perhaps the most holy tree in the world lies in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is known as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and is a sacred fig tree. At 2,302 years old, it is the oldest human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. It is a sapling of the Bodhi tree (pictured above), [...]

March 30th, 2017|World's Oldest Trees|

Great events that happened in a barn: The Gardelegen Massacre

In the waning days of World War II in Europe in northern Germany the Nazi Final Solution was carried out in a barn. On the Isenschnibbe Estate near Gardelegen 1,016 slave laborers (mostly captured resistance fighters from Eastern Europe) were to be exterminated by the Luftwaffe and the SS. The slave laborers were being transported [...]

March 28th, 2017|Great events that happened in a barn, History|