|Building an Old-Fashioned Pole Barn|
by Gary "Pa Mac" McWilliams
Are ya'll familiar with Pa Mac? His website is Farm Hand's Companion, where he focuses on sharing the how-tos of traditional farming skills.
“Through demonstrating the skills and knowledge of the traditional small farm, Farm Hands Companion resolves to aid folks of all ages and walks of life by inspiring them to resourcefulness and self-sufficiency.”
This book definitely fulfills that mission statement. It is complete, clear, and concise, with a wonderful touch of down-home humor.
1. Tools and Materials
2. Framing the Pole Barn
3. Roof and Walls
4. Finishing Out
5. Various Uses for a Pole Barn
107 photographs are keyed to text, to further clarify the steps involved. The book is 8.5" by 11" with 63 pages. It is well priced at $15.
|The Farm Hand's Companion Show, Volume One|
recommend that you also get a copy of The Farm Hand's Companion Show Volume One in which
"Pa Mac takes an undeveloped tract of land and begins to turn it into a traditional subsistence farm."
For those of us who are visual learners, it contains episodes that put the building of the pole barn in motion, from clearing the ground to unique finishing touches.
Overall the DVD is an interesting look at building a subsistence farm from scratch and utilizing the natural resources at hand: the episodes on various types of trees and their uses, how to make lumber, how to plant heirloom apple trees, what to do with all those rocks around the place (hint - think floor), and a clever log chicken house. And don't miss the special features.
12 episodes, 151 minutes, priced at $20.
You'll find both of these in the Farm Hand's Companion General Store.