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Date Posted: 11:18:33 10/02/04 Sat
Author: R. Miner
Subject: Re: Dutch Barns
In reply to: Libby 's message, "Re: Dutch Barns" on 18:09:42 06/05/03 Thu

It is the internal framing system that makes Dutch-style barn unique. The barns have an H-bent system that supports the roof rafters on purlin plates along the roof angle about half way down from the peak. The other distinctive feature is the transverse tie beams have long tenons or tongues that extrude beyond the center posts.

The martin or owl holes serve two purposes. One is to help ventilate the barn as mentioned and the other is to allow martins, who eat a large quantity of insects and owls who lea a large quantity of rodents into the barn. The original use of the Dutch-style barn was to process grain products.

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