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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, March 15, 2012


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of work to be done. Black- man, always up for the challenge, went to work with his assistant, Justin Perkins of Hopkinton. The barn was construct-


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barn modifications over the years as it changed its use. Originally a hay barn, it later was used for dairy operation so it was modi- fied to accommodate cows by raising the hayloft and the floor. Some of these modifications can weaken the structure of the build- ing. Blackman has also saved


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the old forged nails he has pulled out during the re- construction. He enjoys keeping that connection with the past. That work is a lot easier


nowadays yet Blackman likes to try and keep the past in place. “I try to patch and main-


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tain as much of the original as possible,” said Black- man. “But, I am still hon- est in the repairs. I’m not trying to fool anyone. It is important that people can look at it and realized that the work I have done was done in 2012.” A barn that was dated


at around 1840, that had been attached to the 1780 barn, has been torn down but Blackman is going to rebuild it and it will be used as a guest cottage. Another major part of the


barn restoration is the re- building of the stone foun- dation which was done by Kevin Fife, a stone mason form Northfield. A huge chore as a foundation of this age has been compro- mised over the years by water and tree roots. “This is another aspect


of trying to keep true to the original construction of the barn,” said Black- man. The frame was raised


and suspended in order for the foundation to be redone. It was dug and excavated and filled in first with about eighteen inches of crushed stone for the base. In order to keep the “old” look of the proj- ect, some of the original See BARN on 21


ed, as were most struc- tures in the day, with heavy hewn timber. Before the days of sawmills, trees were felled and the timber, usually single pieces, were shaped by the power of man and a broad axe. “Hewn timber truly dates a barn,” said Blackman. There had been some


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