Monday, April 23, 2012

Reconstruction of a Historic Mule Barn

I caution against communication because once language exists only to convey information, it is dying.

Richard Hugo, The Triggering Town, 1979



Harney/Lastoka Barn, Milking Parlor


I am always amazed at how my mind will subconsciously adjust my hand, my wrist, my elbow, my shoulder and the angle of attack and velocity of the hammer that I am swinging so I can redirect a nail that bends and drive it home. My eye sees the problem, my mind corrects my body so success can be achieved. It is such a little thing, and yet, so wonderfully elegant that our minds can direct the here and now.


Harney/Lastoka Mule Barn, Milking Parlor and Milk House


The part of the building to the left is what is left of a mule barn that was associated with the Rex #1 coal mine that operated at this site from 1898 to 1917. We built new rafters for the barn and installed engineered trusses for the milking parlor and this week will put up the trusses on the milk house.


The mule barn would be behind the building to the right in this photo. Today there is a chicken coop that houses over 100 chickens right next to where the shaft house was!

I haven't found out when the Harneys bought the place, the Lastokas were the last to own the site and probably built the milking parlor and the milk house. Will and I are restoring the building to its previous run down character, the roof is to protect the building until Boulder County makes a decision on a future use for the site.



The casualty of working at carpentry-a broken thumbnail and a nasty cut. The music must go on!

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