When people think of a barn, they consistently bring up the image of a wooden structure in the countryside, often located in the Midwest. Indeed, for centuries, timber has been the primary material used to construct the vast majority of barns throughout America. While certain kinds of lumber were once universal to build barns, the type of wood used to construct these structures can vary by region, and some regions might even have an advantage when it comes to building the best barns.
At EarlWorks we find that Minnesota barns are special for many reasons. First and foremost, they are a reflection of Minnesota's agricultural history. Many of the barns were built during the early part of the 20th century and are still standing today. The barns are often an impressive sight due to their simple, yet unique structure and shape, using old and expert techniques. Many Minnesota barns were painted red with white trim, and many barns still feature that classic aesthetic today. The craftsmanship and artistry invested in constructing these barns is also a factor in appreciating the barns' beauty.
In the past, hardwoods were used in order to construct barns. These are long-lasting materials that can handle the climates of different seasons and standing up to the toughest weather. In some cases, boards were even milled to a certain size in order to fit certain corners of the barn. For example, softwoods such as pine were used for specific sections of the barn, for example, the doors, because they are easier to shape under the sawmill. Oak was commonly used for framing
The most common types of wood used in barn construction include oak, pine, fir, and cedar. Other woods, such as chestnut and poplar, have also been used.