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Nicholas Spooner - New England Barn

2013 Personal Best First Place Winner in Large Barns and Garages


framing of 32' x 40' x 38' high, three-story barn
framing of 32' x 40' x 38' high, three-story barn
ceiling inside of 32' x 40' x 38' high, three-story barn
raising the frame for framing of 32' x 40' x 38' high, three-story barn
trailer with lumber
lifting framing ends
Nicholas Spooner
framing of 32' x 40' x 38' high, three-story barn

In 2006, James “Bucky” Spooner and his wife, Georgiana, purchased a Wood-Mizer LT40 Hydraulic portable sawmill for their son, Nicholas, to operate and provide lumber for family building projects. Nicholas, while attending college and trying to find his place in life, soon started to take a serious interest in building. He was particularly interested in the classical styling of the timber frame structures found in the family’s hometown of Topsham, Vermont and throughout the entire New England area. Armed with the desire to build and a Wood-Mizer mill, all Nicholas needed now was a chance. This chance came shortly after his brother Chris, and wife Aimee bought a new home in Piermont, New Hampshire. Immediately after they bought the property, Chris began talking about the need for a barn on their new homestead. After much discussion and several practice projects between the two brothers, Chris made the decision to hire Nicholas to build the barn. In the fall of 2009, they began clearing five acres of land to make way for the 32' x 40' x 38' high, three-story structure. With the help of Spooner Construction, the land was cleared and the foundation poured for the barn basement. With a mountain of hemlock their uncle, Bruce Cameron, had cut from a neighboring town, they were ready to begin their “building extravaganza.”


Ultimately, five different types of wood was used in the project, and approximately 33,000 board feet of wood was cut using the mill. The estimated savings was $18,000 and 99% of the wood needed for the barn was cut on his Wood-Mizer sawmill. “Chris wanted to incorporate lumber from all three of the properties he owned to build this project. The white pine siding and ash pegs were harvested from his property in Piermont, where the barn was to be erected. The one long, red pine post our late grandfather (George Hodge) planted completed the requirement for property number two," said Nicholas. "The only piece of property remaining was one owned by Chris and myself that we purchased off our Grandmother June Spooner’s estate, where the milling and notching of the timber frame was taking place. We could have settled for the workmanship happening there but that was not enough, so I decided to incorporate two cherry spline joints in the building. Wouldn’t you know, on that piece of land there was a perfect cherry tree to use for these 3' x 8' splines,” said Nicholas. In July of 2011, with contributions from numerous family members, the framing of the barn was completed. A barn raising party was held and close to a hundred friends and family came to enjoy the feat. In the next few months, the 3,960-square-foot structure could be called complete. On August 25, 2012, a plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of their Grandfather’s birth was mounted to the red pine he had planted and the building was dedicated to him. “The tree was perfect, as if Grandpa had cut it for us and laid it there at our feet for us to find and use for this magnificent project,” said Nicholas. “Thanks to all who helped make my dreams a reality! I couldn’t have done it without ALL of your support and family ‘spirit’.”


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