Types of Barns

We love using centuries old barn wood to create new projects. Here we share a bit of the history by explaining the types of barns from which our wood originated.  Not all barns are created equal. Each has a unique past and all have a story to tell about life in the United States in the 1800s.


Pole Barn

A simple structure that consists of a pole embedded in the ground to support a roof. The walls and siding are made of wood. This is why much of our reclaimed barn siding comes from these types.

Small Barn/Shelter Sheds

These are open front structures used for storing stock.

Threshing Barn

Threshing barns are for the processing and storage of cereals since they need to be kept in a dry place. The large doors allow for a wagons to drive through the structure, while the smaller doors allow for sorting and shade for sheep and other stock in the spring and summer.

Tobacco Barn

These barns were once an essential part in the process of air-curing tobacco, but such structures became scarce as the tobacco industry declined. During the ageing process of the tobacco, the wood changes to a rich dark brown in color. Sometimes this wood still retains some of the tobacco’s aroma. 


After the barn, this is typically the second oldest building on the farm. Horses and other livestock reside in the stables.

Carriage House

These were typically open front, single story buildings supported by wood across the roof and sometimes heavy timber post legs. Horse- drawn carriages are common storage in a Carriage House.

There are many different types of barns often reclaimed for new projects. Even though all our wood is barn wood, each individual piece has an individual history which is shown through their variations in color and weathering. While we carry primarily barn wood, there are many other types of centuries old structures which can be sources for reclaimed wood. We do not carry any reclaimed barn wood from buildings which ever held dangerous chemicals.