Thursday, August 30, 2012

Amish Barn Raising

 Waiting for another sheet of metal roofing

They say 'Rome wasn't built in a day,' but an Amish barn IS built in a day. With the concrete work being done beforehand, the structure was started early yesterday morning. They don't stop for lunch until the building is framed up, then after lunch the metal sheeting is put on. By the end of the day, the barn is ready for occupancy.




I understood that it was okay for me to take photos because my aim was simply to photograph the procedure, not to photograph faces.

We went to Westby to pick up our hardwood flooring from an Amish cabinet maker and to watch a barn raising. The boys were good travelers. The littlest one took a long morning nap on the drive there. There's nothing like the noise of an engine to lull a child (or me) to sleep!

 This is only a portion of the buggies at the barn raising


 I wonder if the horses know they're Amish horses?


 He does look a bit tired, but later we had a chance to play ball and also visit another Amish barn where the farmer kindly invited the boys to pet the pigs and feed the calves. They enjoyed that!


 Happy boy!


 It is quite a sight!



I suspect that both the 5 year old and the 8 year old will remember the day they got to watch an Amish barn raising AND got to pet and feed the animals!

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35 comments:

Sandra said...

such wonderful memories for the boys. and i would love to see one. i have seen them in movies and pictures but not in real time. i love the first pic and the close up of the buggies.

danika k said...

So cool, Mom! I love the happy picture of Glenn - I see a resemblance there to Anna! :)

Parsley said...

We have an Amish community not far away. I love the way they help one another and work together. So many 'lost arts' they know and practice.

Amy Burzese said...

An amazing thing. And I bet that barn doesn't fall any time soon. I believe that society would do well to adopt some of their ways. I always want to take pictures, but am afraid I'll offend them. If I do it from afar I feel like I'm being underhanded.

Candace said...

Awesome post, Judy! I have always had an interest in the Amish and their sense of community. Thank you for sharing this with us!

NanaNor's said...

Too very cool! I love all things Amish and this is no exception. Glad your boys got to spend some time playing and watching the animals. Thank you for sharing.
Noreen

Cranberry Morning said...

Yeah, I wouldn't have taken pictures at all if it hadn't been for the fact that we had permission beforehand. We were there with a guy who is a close friend of that Amish group and we had permission, as long as we didn't get close-ups of faces.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Great pictures! That must be something to watch. I haven't had the oppertunity to see many Amish.

Mary said...

What fantastic photos! It must have been quite a day. Have a fabulous weekend. Blessings...Mary

Lois Christensen said...

This was such a GREAT post. I enjoyed the photos. And I do find it amazing that they can get this building up in ONE day! Thanks for sharing!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love seeing the Amish barn raising and your little cuties!!

Judy S. said...

Is Westby nearby? I didn't know there were Amish in WI. What fun photos. No wonder you're sleeping well...all that extra activity going on.

Carla said...

Great photos! And making great memories with those boys. :)

Debra said...

How beautiful. I love how well they are working together. What a neat thing to witness.

vintage grey said...

Wow, they are such genuine craftsman! Amazing! xo Heather

Denise said...

Awesome post.

laurie said...

A barn in a day.....thats amazing!

Jenn said...

I'm just amazed that they can build barns in a day. They can't even finish a small house out here in a year!!! :) lol Love all the pictures... the grandsons look like they are having a great time!

Yenta Mary said...

Boy, Grandma and Grandpa sure do know how to show the boys a good time! They're going to want to move in ... :)

ImSoVintage said...

I would love to watch an Amish barn raising. What a fun experience for the boys.

Ruth Kelly said...

That looks like a very modern barn. I didn't know that Amish lived in your area. I've never seen any Amish people except on TV.

Chatty Crone said...

Judy I loved this - I Love learning about them - they are very impressive people.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

We have Amish in our area, too.

You boys will never forget such a fun day!

J_on_tour said...

What I would give to be able to capture that second last photo, awesome. Hard workers too.

Carletta said...

I would have loved to see that myself. Cute boys!
Great shots of the action!

Rose said...

I for sure wouldn't forget it if I got to watch one...

Mari said...

It's so neat to see this actually happening! Looks like a nice barn too!

Tanya said...

oh how fun! those amish sure know how to put up a barn! what a fun day!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the action shots. they work so quickly. no wasting of time there. glad you shared at BC. ( :

Pat said...

Wonderful series. What a great experience for the kids!

Tricia Hays said...

I'm so glad you posted this Amish Barn Raising & linked to Barn Charm! It's unbelievable how a structure that big can be raised in one day! It would take others MONTHS to build one that size! God bless them for their ethics & all of their hard work!!!

Thanks again for joining =)

~ Janis said...

Beautiful photos!
Where did they put all the buggy horses? Did they tie them seperately to a fence or run them all together in a field ?
I wish we could put up a barn in a day here in Vermont. Thanks for the post.
Come vist the herd when you have a chance: www.tailgait.blogspot.com

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

very nice series of photos! I enjoyed them all!

Eugenia Robinson said...

An Amish barn raising. What I would give to get to see one. I just love the way all the men are up there with their hats on the their buggies are sitting so close by. These are wonderful pictures of a life that is so different from ours. I really loved the post. Thanks so much for taking the time to share all your pictures with us. genie

Sally in WA said...

Great post. Amazing that a group of people can work together and put this up in one day. I know some people that could learn that lesson.

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