The process started in the Spring of 2018 when a friend of a mentor was looking for someone to build him a timber framed barn for extra storage/garage space. Having some timber framing experience and a general carpentry background, I jumped at the opportunity. I designed the 20′ x 24′ structure in the online version of sketchup and used load calculation formulas to determine beam sizes and proper joinery. I bought pine logs from Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, since I was a student there at the time, and milled them myself. All joinery was laid out with a framing square and combo square, and cut with a circular saw, framing chisel, battery drill, and hand saw. The goal was to have it raised and closed in by September since I had to go back to school. Well, the raising did not happen until mid-September, but that was more or less expected. Things have been moving slowly since then as being a full-time student and barn builder can be difficult, but I expect to be done sometime in May.