In 2018, we made significant progress in restoring the Forge Farm property, including a new shingle cedar roof on the house, exterior house repairs, the corn crib and the barn. The work was completed by Mike Einsiedel, a timber framer, preservation carpenter, and owner of Yankee Restoration & Remodeling LLC. Interior restoration work is currently being completed by Master Carpenter Dean Roy. The Forge Farm interior restoration is intended to maintain and restore period-appropriate features such as the hearths and baking chamber, exposed post-and-beam structure, and wide softwood flooring. The windows have been replaced with historically accurate replicas designed specifically for historically sensitive projects such as this by Pella. This change, in combination with the new cedar roofing, ensures Forge Farm is once again serving as an example of early American architecture.
Palmer-Warner Barn Project:
CTL has contracted Mike Einsiedel, a timber framer, preservation carpenter, and owner of Yankee Restoration & Remodeling LLC, who specializes in post and beam and preservation work, to restore the barn. Einsiedel began the project by examining and diagramming the building. Each timber was photo documented and labeled with letters and numbers that were transferred to drawings, creating a map for reassembly that would ensure the original builder’s efforts are replicated. The sections of the barn were then deconstructed and each piece was evaluated for reuse.
Einsiedel has made great progress on the Palmer-Warner Barn despite winter weather hurdles. The barn foundation has been poured, the stonework undertaken, the floor partially poured, the frame put up, and the building roofed. The barn has been reassembled using reused historical and new historically accurate materials.
Please check out the photo gallery below to see Einsiedel’s progress.