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Barnwood Builders follows six good-natured West Virginians who know a thing or two about wood. This passionate team is devoted to salvaging and old-world craftsmanship. They are masters of big, filthy, difficult, 19th-century restorations, and they are as entertaining as a woodpecker in a lumber yard.
The Barnwood Builders pull into New Ringgold, Pennsylvania, in a covered wagon, ready to take down and move a very complicated carriage house. They find all sorts of treasures in the 150-year-old pioneer garage before they carefully strip it, lift the roof off in sections and disassemble the beams.
Mark's client wants to use the barnwood from an enormous Pennsylvania bank barn to outfit his Arizona restaurant. It's a beast of a job in the middle of a heat wave, but the Barnwood Builders just won't quit. They save 5,000 board feet of prized barnwood from the cattle stalls, granary floors and 40-foot walls. Mark also pays a visit to another restaurant decked out in barnwood for inspiration.
Tammy Harrah and her late husband dreamed of running a craft store in a log cabin on their West Virginia family homestead. Mark and the guys are helping Tammy and her son see that dream come true by building that cabin for them, making some homemade crafts for the store and visiting a pioneer landmark along the way.
Mark and the guys return to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where they stripped a massive bank barn earlier this year. This time, they are back for the incredible chestnut beams. The roof gives them some trouble, but Johnny's up for the task. They save the central bents, carve up the outer bents and lift out the sleeper logs. Mark visits an incredible bank barn wedding venue and he learns to cut soap stone with a water jet.
The builders head to Cashiers, N.C., to build an antique log cabin in the middle of a huge, framed-out modern home; old wood meets new; Mark visits the client's decked-out timber frame barn, and Sherman shows off his horse-wrangling skills.
Mark buys a massive tobacco barn with an incredible log structure hidden inside; the guys must unwrap the barn layer by layer, and it's a tricky job because the barn is filled with hundreds of old poles that fight them at every turn.
Mark's clients want bigger and bigger antique log homes, but the pioneers didn't build big log cabins. They did build big barns, though, so the guys try to build a 1200 square foot cabin using barn beams from their Boneyard inventory. And Mark's friend shows up to make a one-of-a-kind whiskey tap out of an unused beam end.
Not far from the Boneyard, the town of White Sulphur Springs was devastated by a recent flood. Mark and the guys step up to help their neighbor rebuild, Barnwood style. They repair a garage by wrapping it in barnwood and use log skins to transform a prefab shed into a log cabin playroom. Mark also visits a modern Montana home covered in log skins.
Mark Bowe and his crew get a strong dose of family history in Leivasy, West Virginia, where they work on saving the O'Dell family's hand-hewn log home. Mark also spends some time with his own father and visits a log cabin built by his great-grandfather.
Mark challenges his crew to build a log fort on the Boneyard. They use spare logs and some serious hillbilly know-how to construct a pioneer cantilevered fort, but when the temperature takes an unexpected plunge, the job becomes more difficult.
The Barnwood Builders find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they transform a nearby office space into a showroom for their business. They use vertical barnwood, horizontal barnwood and a timber frame facade. Then they finish off the room with barn doors, hand-crafted items and reclaimed roofing tin.
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