MarkR

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  1. The combination of brick and as you call it field stone(we call it flint) is very common in Norfolk, and in other parts of the country where flint is common. Flint has been used/mined in the Norfolk area from Neolithic times some 5000yrs ago. My brother has found in our fields numerous flint tools for farming(plough heads made from flint) and timber cutting(axe heads).

    The doors on the barn are so high because the hay cart when fully loaded would be very high, and that is what this barn would of been built to allow for. The windows are narrow so driving rain doesn't penetrate but still allows ventilation. The people who designed farms in days of yore, really did think about layout and as such the back of the barn where you would of kept your stock is south facing, so your animals would be warm in the winter. In fact you always know which way north, south, east, and west is by looking at old farms or churches which are laid out the same.

    Of course there is a Pub nearby, lots tbh B)


  2. Thanks guys, it is nice to work in here, and to use all the old tools I found. It is a very solid building to say the least, and will be here in another 400yrs no problems. This is the original barn that stood on its own for 136yrs before its twin was built next door, and all our other out buildings.

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    And the inside.

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    This will be my house one day perhaps.

    If you follow this link here, you will see a birds eye view, and a street view of our farmhouse and barns, oh and geese.


  3. Stampy this is for you....

    My workshop site dates back to 1364, but the building I occupy now is from circa 1600. So fairly old you could say, it was a dairy up to about 1600 then became the estate carpenters shop from about 1750 and has been such from that time. My great great great grandfather purchased the farm buildings in about 1870ish and has been ours since. My grandfather was a cabinet maker so I became one too, he didn't use any of the buildings for his shop, but worked for other people. I however worked with my grandfather in his shed, and was hooked that way. I decided to start my own woodworking business 2 yrs ago, and decided to use the old carpenters shop on our farm. It consists of four rooms machine, making, finishing, and general storage(read crap) here are a few shots of it inside and out before during and after....

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    Thanks for looking, hope its of some interest.


  4. Hmmm it would be difficult to change the corbels, as there are other factors to take into consideration. I will finish it with all the other detailing, and post then. It's easy to do a comparison, as the top and sub top are of course separate.

    You have got me thinking the corbels are too big now :unsure: , When I get in the shop tomorrow, I will take another look to see if they can be reduced a bit. Thanks for your thoughts, I work on my own, so it's nice to bounce ideas off other people.


  5. OK new here so Hi everyone, I'm having a few doubts on this fire surround I'm making for a client. They have OK'd what I've done so far, but I think the top looks a bit bulky. I can reduce it by leaving out part of the moulding. Here's with the moulding in.

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    And without...

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    Whatcha think? The Corbels are having some kind of detail put in(I haven't decided yet), that's why they look a bit bland at the moment. Thanks in advance.


  6. That sounds like quite a substantial top, and as such I think you would need a top rail to avoid any racking issues. Is there anyway to disguise these rails under the apron that goes around the top? Do you have a picture/drawing of what you propose, a picture is worth a thousand words after all.