Piney River Brewing Company

Tin Roof, Rusted

In Start up on August 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

When we bought our farm, a slightly erect machine shed was leaning into the earth next to the barn.  It was an eyesore, and if you’ve been in the Ozarks for any amount of time, it was easy to look at the machine shed and see what the barn could become too with more time, wind, weather and neglect.

We tore down that machine shed–burned the old boards, gave the tin to Jimmy to sell for scrap, and pushed the rest into a dry crib that we filled in.  Gone.

The barn wasn’t so easy to get rid of.  Fully restoring the barn was a distant dream, and we never discussed tearing the barn down.  A step up into the giant hayloft would take us back to the days when men and children would put in a hard and honest day’s work filling the loft with enough hay to get the cattle through the winter.  A walk through the woods on our farm reveals giant old stumps from ancient red and white oaks that were harvested to build our house and later, the barn.  Rough cut red and white oak planks and beams, sometimes up to 12′ in length were harvested, milled and used to build this little farm on the Piney.  And, we’ve met some of the children of the man who was the farm hand and assisted in the building of the barn.

A few years ago, our friend Jamie clambered around on the roof replacing some tin that had finally blown off for good.  A year or two after that we had a roofing crew screw down the rusted tin roof.  We knew we wanted to keep the barn in the dry.  When we started our barn restoration,that ol’ rusty tin roof was our first priority.   After talking first with a barn roof painter, we decided to put a new steel roof on the barn.  That’s when we met Sam, our construction guy.

(Just as a side note…you’ve probably noticed that Brian and I do just about all of our projects with our own hands.  We may read a book about it, look it up on the internet or ask a professional, but we’re not scared to try most things that a “professional” does.  However, we do not do heights.  Actually, Brian doesn’t do heights, and since I’m the trusty sidekick in most endeavors like this, I don’t do them either.)

So, hooray for Sam.  He started the roof job today, and it was quite a sight to turn the bend on Walnut Grove Drive today and see dark brown rafters in the distance.  Sam is even being careful in removing the nails and screws from the tin because we intend to use the tin inside the barn.  That old tin won’t be too far removed from its rafters.

For just a few days in August 2010, stacks of rusted tin are growing on the ground, and our glorious old barn rafters are being thrown open to the sun, the moon and the star filled Milky Way.

A view of the barn from the road.

Outside tin to be saved for inside.

View from the stairs into the loft.

The exposed rafters on the South side of the barn.

The interior barn peak, some parts still covered with tin.


Piles of rusted tin roof.

  1. I wondered what Barney thought when he went out there to meet up with those 4 legged creatures that have hung out there….Congratulations…how exciting. Surely Andy is amazed also. What a treasure you are recreating from an antique treasure.

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