Father & Son RESTORE 300-year-old Barn.. [80 Day Timelapse]


In 1732 a team of skilled craftspeople built this structure using 3 locally-sourced, natural products: oak, clay and stone. As a testament to the integrity of these materials and the techniques of their trades, the building has more or less survived 4 centuries, witnessing the French occupation; the creation of America; and the invention of concrete, power tools and plywood. But the march of time is rarely kind, and various repairs over the years have resisted - but not repelled - building's oldest enemy... water.

A full and proper renovation was long overdue and thanks to this platform, my Dad and I were able to take on this challenge in the Summer of 2020, filming every step of the journey. However this is not a restoration in the truest sense of the word. Triangular rafters would have been laughed at in 1732, but the accuracy and versatility of modern sawmills and bandsaws meant we could try something that addresses some of the inherent weaknesses in a roof designed before the advent of electricity, and - dare I say - improve it.

A huge thankyou to Festool UK for envisioning and supporting the project from the start (using some of their gear definitely shaved a couple of weeks off), and to the incredibly generous patrons.

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Tool talk:

Sword Saw: bit.ly/3h6dAAl
Chop Saw: bit.ly/3kXn9mn
Underframe for Chop Saw: bit.ly/2X1036j
85mm Circular Saw: bit.ly/3DTa2Lq
55mm Track Saw: bit.ly/3n89Uly
Impact Driver: bit.ly/3kVJalj
Drill: bit.ly/3BM7MDX
Hammer Drill: bit.ly/2YxyQIQ
Angle Grinder: bit.ly/2YmufJi
Ortur CNC Laser Engraver: tinyurl.com/4vraj9ty

00:00 Demolition
03:35 Rebuilding Oak Frame
14:04 Installing New Frame
20:18 Repairing Top Plate
22:25 Repairing Ridge Beams
26:46 Cutting Scarf Joints
34:20 Installing New Purlins
42:28 Pulling Frame Back Together
45:08 Making Rafters at the Sawmill
50:07 Nailing New Rafters
54:24 Cutting Rafter Feet
56:18 New Concrete Ring Beam
56:49 Building Genoise Eaves
1:04:18 Installing Rafter Wedge
1:06:34 First Row of Tiles
1:10:45 Lime Pointing Genoise
1:13:39 3,000 Reclaimed Tiles
1:18:40 Finished!
1:20:40 Sweeping the Roof

تعليقات: 5 023 

  1. carlrogers


    This was a looong time in the making - so thanks for all the thumbs up, comments and Subscribes, it's really helped this video explode 😀 I'll have to make some more now!

  2. Private Number

    Private Number

    28 أيام قبل

    This is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen. You and your father should be incredibly proud. This was a pleasure to watch.

  3. Steffie C

    Steffie C

    2 ساعات قبل

    Imagine the time it took to build this barn 300 years ago by hand and ingenuity. 👏 so amazing. Great job staying active and not letting your disease take your spirit!

  4. Michael V

    Michael V

    7 ساعات قبل

    Respect! Coming from Germany I know good craftsmanship for roofing and this topped everything I've seen before. You can see your love to detail and taking on each challenge with your own pace vs. having a contractor shooting cheap nails and staples. Will pay off for sure. This roof will last a century or more.

  5. HighlandLakeCottage


    21 أيام قبل

    Impressive, mesmerizing and I enjoyed every minute. I usually watch gardening videos but I hope to see more from you…thanks!

  6. snipewa4


    14 أيام قبل

    Living in Canada I’d assume a roof like this nearly unheard of…I’ve never seen one built like this….incredible craftsmanship…I’m beyond impressed…congrats and look forward to the next project!

  7. Robert Ferrell

    Robert Ferrell

    12 ساعات قبل

    I don't know what your professional experience has been, but I'm incredibly impressed with your work and your knowledge of old building methods to rebuild and restore your barn. It was during the prep, before tile began that I was blown away most. "How does he know this?" I'm asking myself. You're a historian and builder. Wow.

  8. Chris Wood

    Chris Wood

    28 أيام قبل

    Watching this makes me appreciate even more how the original carpenters 300 years ago were skilled. No electric power tools just steel saws and lots of muscle. I bet they had one person just to keep the blades and chisels sharp enough to cut as the steel would not have been as strong as it is these days. Remarkable.



    14 أيام قبل

    The skill set needed for this build is absolutely incredible.

  10. Kelley Gardner

    Kelley Gardner

    22 ساعات قبل

    Absolutely amazing and so enjoyable! So many “professionals “, could learn so much from you! I see so many of those professionals do half ass work or skimp on things and taking no pride or care in their work. 😊 from North Carolina USA.

  11. Matt Sawyer

    Matt Sawyer

    14 أيام قبل

    The precision on this build is actually mind boggling.. no mastic infills, no foam sprayed to cover holes (just to secure tiles).. just amazing craftmanship which gets things to the mm. As an architect I am beyond impressed with how much attention and time would have been taken to design this to that kind of preciseness. Watching the jigs that you used to level the concrete to get the rafters bang on is incredible.. Well done guys.

  12. Steve Wainwright

    Steve Wainwright

    16 ساعات قبل

    This was one of the most captivating projects I have seen on ARshows, your father most be so proud of you, I can't imagine the time it actually took to complete and also the editing of the film footage. Well done guys and it was a pleasure to watch. ;)

  13. Copper Man

    Copper Man

    21 أيام قبل

    This was incredible, kudos to this father-son team. I'm 68 and I also have severe arthritis, it started when I was 18. You're right - you have to keep moving, stay active and stay engaged, no matter how bad the pain is. You keep that mindset, so that when you're my age you can stay active and get past the pain. Your Dad is awesome, both of you guys rock! I learned volumes from you, watching this process.

  14. ColliCub


    It’s rare that I’ll watch something of this length in its entirety, especially if I don’t know the channel or the content. But this was engaging, start to finish! I really enjoyed following your journey, in a way that I’m unlikely to ever emulate myself, but I never felt patronised like you do on some DIY channels, only that I was leaning something (ie. kerfing). Great work. ☺️

  15. simon g

    simon g

    14 أيام قبل

    What an engrossing film, that satisfying 'chunk' when the joints go in perfectly.... Beautiful job and great to see the family working together in such harmony - heartwarming stuff.

  16. christopher krum

    christopher krum

    14 أيام قبل

    This was a masterclass on an old restoration. Very well detailed explanations on every process. It was so much fun watching this.

  17. Moshe Brandel

    Moshe Brandel

    8 ساعات قبل

    speechless , astonished excellent job nice transition and the heritage from father to son is just amazing, its just beautiful what you all did to restore that barn it looks incredible to many details wow two thumbs up guys.

  18. Qua††ro


    14 أيام قبل

    Well done ARshows for finally recommending something good! As an engineer myself with 30 years in my chosen trade (taught by my Dad), this video really warmed my heart, made me smile & almost made me cry when the old Makita wasn't enough for the ancient oak... Great job, brilliant video, looking forward to more 👏👏👏

  19. Ian Ramsay

    Ian Ramsay

    14 أيام قبل

    Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to put this together: another time consuming and careful project. Kudos to all of you.

  20. oldchurch jr

    oldchurch jr

    21 أيام قبل

    This was an amazing father-son project. Absolutely great to see how you have to build a classic roof. Well done.