If you missed it, we recently took a closer look at the Amish barn-raising via Burton Buller’s excellent film The Amish Barn-Raising Day. In it, we see footage of two separate barn-raisings (in Ohio and in Pennsylvania), done using different methods.
The community shown here is in Gladwin and Clare County, Michigan. Jim notes that the area is home to at least three separate Amish communities, including in neighboring Clare County.
Let’s have a look at these beautiful shots of a traditional Amish practice that not only builds a barn, but also builds community.
As noted in Buller’s film, Amish women also take an important role in the barn-raising, preparing food for hungry workers. Below it looks to me that they might be taking their own turn for lunch…
…while the men stay at it on the barn. We missed the earlier stages of this barn going up, which no doubt got its start in the early morning hours.
Here’s a wonderful shot taken from another angle.
Zooming in shows what looks like a discussion at ground level.
While up above a team stays busy. Agility and balance are important when you are up there, which is why you tend to see younger guys doing these higher up tasks. Older men will take jobs on the ground, like cutting boards to size.
Someone’s hat rests perched on an Amish vehicle.
After taking the above photos, Jim attended an Amish auction. Afterwards, he returned to the scene of the barn-raising to find the workers gone, having left behind a fully-enclosed structure.
Additional tasks remain, like adding doors and painting the barn the classic shade of Swartzentruber red. But the bulk of the work is done.
On the porch there, is that the owner of this new barn, “proudly” looking on? “Proud” might not be the right word, but no doubt it is satisfying and rewarding to look at your new barn, built with the full support of your church community.
As mentioned in the Buller film, it would be extremely difficult for the average person to pay back the men for the labor needed in construction of one of these barns. If you’re a part of an Amish community, you don’t have to do that. But you’re also expected to contribute when needs arise with other community members.