SGJ Shop c.2013

After many years of utilizing an existing farm building as our shop, we’ve finally reached a long-planned-for and wished-for goal of constructing a shop building for our business.

Inspired by the saltbox forms of our house and sugarhouse, we decided to continue in that vein and join a two-bay English barn with a shed “addition” to the rear.

Framed in a mixture of Eastern White Pine, Eastern Hemlock, and Norway Spruce, the framework features a hand hewn pentagonal ridge beam, a first for us, but fairly typical in the early 19th century vernacular framing of the Ohio Western Reserve.

The shop is finished with vertical tongue and groove board siding and a steel roof.  The frame was raised with the aid of a small crane and the generosity of a gathering of friends, old and new, on a snowy and cold day in late February.