Father & Son RESTORE 300-year-old Barn.. [80 Day Timelapse]


In 1732 a team of skilled craftspeople built this structure using 3 locally-sourced, natural products: oak, clay and stone. As a testament to the integrity of these materials and the techniques of their trades, the building has more or less survived 4 centuries, witnessing the French occupation; the creation of America; and the invention of concrete, power tools and plywood. But the march of time is rarely kind, and various repairs over the years have resisted - but not repelled - building's oldest enemy... water.

A full and proper renovation was long overdue and thanks to this platform, my Dad and I were able to take on this challenge in the Summer of 2020, filming every step of the journey. However this is not a restoration in the truest sense of the word. Triangular rafters would have been laughed at in 1732, but the accuracy and versatility of modern sawmills and bandsaws meant we could try something that addresses some of the inherent weaknesses in a roof designed before the advent of electricity, and - dare I say - improve it.

A huge thankyou to Festool UK for envisioning and supporting the project from the start (using some of their gear definitely shaved a couple of weeks off), and to the incredibly generous patrons.

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Tool talk:

Sword Saw: bit.ly/3h6dAAl
Chop Saw: bit.ly/3kXn9mn
Underframe for Chop Saw: bit.ly/2X1036j
85mm Circular Saw: bit.ly/3DTa2Lq
55mm Track Saw: bit.ly/3n89Uly
Impact Driver: bit.ly/3kVJalj
Drill: bit.ly/3BM7MDX
Hammer Drill: bit.ly/2YxyQIQ
Angle Grinder: bit.ly/2YmufJi
Ortur CNC Laser Engraver: tinyurl.com/4vraj9ty

00:00 Demolition
03:35 Rebuilding Oak Frame
14:04 Installing New Frame
20:18 Repairing Top Plate
22:25 Repairing Ridge Beams
26:46 Cutting Scarf Joints
34:20 Installing New Purlins
42:28 Pulling Frame Back Together
45:08 Making Rafters at the Sawmill
50:07 Nailing New Rafters
54:24 Cutting Rafter Feet
56:18 New Concrete Ring Beam
56:49 Building Genoise Eaves
1:04:18 Installing Rafter Wedge
1:06:34 First Row of Tiles
1:10:45 Lime Pointing Genoise
1:13:39 3,000 Reclaimed Tiles
1:18:40 Finished!
1:20:40 Sweeping the Roof

تعليقات: 5 076

  • carlrogers

    This was a looong time in the making - so thanks for all the thumbs up, comments and Subscribes, it's really helped this video explode 😀 I'll have to make some more now!

  • Private Number
    Private Number

    This is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen. You and your father should be incredibly proud. This was a pleasure to watch.

  • Matt Sawyer
    Matt Sawyer14 أيام قبل

    The precision on this build is actually mind boggling.. no mastic infills, no foam sprayed to cover holes (just to secure tiles).. just amazing craftmanship which gets things to the mm. As an architect I am beyond impressed with how much attention and time would have been taken to design this to that kind of preciseness. Watching the jigs that you used to level the concrete to get the rafters bang on is incredible.. Well done guys.

  • snipewa4
    snipewa421 أيام قبل

    Living in Canada I’d assume a roof like this nearly unheard of…I’ve never seen one built like this….incredible craftsmanship…I’m beyond impressed…congrats and look forward to the next project!

  • HighlandLakeCottage
    HighlandLakeCottage21 أيام قبل

    Impressive, mesmerizing and I enjoyed every minute. I usually watch gardening videos but I hope to see more from you…thanks!

  • simon g
    simon g21 أيام قبل

    What an engrossing film, that satisfying 'chunk' when the joints go in perfectly.... Beautiful job and great to see the family working together in such harmony - heartwarming stuff.

  • Copper Man
    Copper Man21 أيام قبل

    This was incredible, kudos to this father-son team. I'm 68 and I also have severe arthritis, it started when I was 18. You're right - you have to keep moving, stay active and stay engaged, no matter how bad the pain is. You keep that mindset, so that when you're my age you can stay active and get past the pain. Your Dad is awesome, both of you guys rock! I learned volumes from you, watching this process.

  • Chris Wood
    Chris Wood

    Watching this makes me appreciate even more how the original carpenters 300 years ago were skilled. No electric power tools just steel saws and lots of muscle. I bet they had one person just to keep the blades and chisels sharp enough to cut as the steel would not have been as strong as it is these days. Remarkable.

    G BROOKE14 أيام قبل

    The skill set needed for this build is absolutely incredible.

  • Michael Burgess
    Michael Burgess6 ساعات قبل

    Carl - this is amazing. Not just the skills in the restoration of a beautiful building (which are incredible) but the film-craft is outstanding. I couldn't look away when I was watching this. This is better television what we've ever had before. 2022's video entertainment at its best.

  • Michael V
    Michael V21 ساعات قبل

    Respect! Coming from Germany I know good craftsmanship for roofing and this topped everything I've seen before. You can see your love to detail and taking on each challenge with your own pace vs. having a contractor shooting cheap nails and staples. Will pay off for sure. This roof will last a century or more.

  • Qua††ro
    Qua††ro14 أيام قبل

    Well done AReye for finally recommending something good! As an engineer myself with 30 years in my chosen trade (taught by my Dad), this video really warmed my heart, made me smile & almost made me cry when the old Makita wasn't enough for the ancient oak... Great job, brilliant video, looking forward to more 👏👏👏

  • christopher krum
    christopher krum21 أيام قبل

    This was a masterclass on an old restoration. Very well detailed explanations on every process. It was so much fun watching this.

  • ColliCub

    It’s rare that I’ll watch something of this length in its entirety, especially if I don’t know the channel or the content. But this was engaging, start to finish! I really enjoyed following your journey, in a way that I’m unlikely to ever emulate myself, but I never felt patronised like you do on some DIY channels, only that I was leaning something (ie. kerfing). Great work. ☺️

  • Nutchanun Anas
    Nutchanun Anas6 ساعات قبل

    I love your videos, I love watching refurbishment of an old house to perfection, it's continuous fun to watch, useful to watch, and I love the filming that makes the recipients. watch continuously I love to enjoy watching till the end with your talent and your parents are perfect and lovely team for the whole family. How enviable it is no wonder why you are so good and doing great work because your father is a good and perfect teacher. You and your family are very talented.

  • Kelley Gardner
    Kelley Gardner14 ساعات قبل

    Absolutely amazing and so enjoyable! So many “professionals “, could learn so much from you! I see so many of those professionals do half ass work or skimp on things and taking no pride or care in their work. 😊 from North Carolina USA.

  • Bob Khan
    Bob Khan21 أيام قبل

    Thanks for taking the time to make this video and share it with us. I'm sure your relationship with your dad has its troubles, like all relationships do, but it really is an unspeakable blessing to have the chance to work together with a father in a trade like yours. I'm glad you two have been given the chance to live such a life--caring for the past, adding value to society today, and serving those you are responsible to with dedicated craftsmanship that also looks to the future.

  • Ian Ramsay
    Ian Ramsay14 أيام قبل

    Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to put this together: another time consuming and careful project. Kudos to all of you.

  • Colin Wilson
    Colin Wilson6 ساعات قبل

    I am only 16mins in and I am hooked. That work on the arch is a thing of beauty dude, you should all be well pleased with the work on that alone. Time to make some dinner and enjoy the next 1hr. Thanks for sharing this and looking forward to seeing the finished article. If the first 16mins are anything to go by the finish article is going to be stunning.

  • Jacquy Jacquot
    Jacquy Jacquot

    As French, I recognize directly that you are restoring a house in the same region where I just have finished my own restoration after 40 years. The work you have done is not only huge but professional. The tools that you are using are impressive, far away from what I have seen by the local professional. Being myself very conservative about restoration of ancient house, I was helped by a magazine “Maisons paysannes de France” which guided me in certain works linked to old technics and tools. In fact, based on my reading and with the help of an old carpenter, to finish the curve of a beam or other pieces of wood, I didn’t used a sander but with we call that in french “une herminette” the result is not so smooth but more ancient. The technic that you are using to put your tiles is unknown for me, maybe is linked to the local way. In Dordogne, for a roof of a barn, separated by 20 to 24”, 6 to 8” oak square rafters are used. To support the tiles, we nail pine or chestnut