This was the starting point in 2012. The old stone ramps on the barn were falling down, and one wall was heaved in. I guess you have to say we went back to the foundation of things...
The barn was originally built around the civil war, and had been a dairy farm. It was later converted to horse stables. Now it is about to begin a new career as a farm-distillery here in the western Catskills.
A lot of water comes off of the mountain behind the barn. Over many years, the south-facing wall had begun to push in and was not stable, so it had to be rebuilt by the trusty team at Darder Stoneworks.
The west facing wall bears the brunt of the weather. Many years ago the upper part was re-covered with pressed tin, which can withstand the bitter winter wind as well as the afternoon sun in the summer. Pulling off the tar paper on the lower levels revealed that we had a lot of work to do. We decided to put a permanent finish on this level, using the one thing we have in abundance here... Bluestone!