Show Barn - Open House 2011

Show Barn Open House - Maasdam Barns

Show Barn Open House Oct 2011 & Some Restoration

The Show Barn, during Open House, Oct 7 & 8, 2011.
The Show/Milking Barn, during Open House, Oct 7 & 8, 2011.

Louden products were found in other barns and brought here for display.
Louden products were found in other barns and brought here for display.

The Louden Litter Carrier was a terrific time-saver, and led to the Louden Overhead Crane Division, which still manufactures overhead crane.
The Louden Litter Carrier was a terrific time-saver, and led to the Louden Overhead Crane Division, which still manufactures overhead cranes.

This carrier still works, and has an authentic patina.  More overhead track will be installed.
This carrier still works, and has an authentic patina. More overhead track will be installed.

These Louden stanchions provided more comfort and mobility for cows than wooden stanchions did.
These Louden stanchions provided more comfort and mobility for cows than wooden stanchions did.

A Louden Feed Cart.  The item on the shelf is the air compressor that was used to power the milking machines.
A Louden Feed Cart.  The item on the shelf is the air compressor that was used to power the milking machines.

Another item on the shelf is an unexpected Louden farm product.
Another item on the shelf is an unexpected Louden farm product.

Various hand tools are on display in the Show Barn.
Various hand tools are on display in the Show Barn.

A hole cut into the barn ceiling lets a visitor see the loft, which used ideas from the Louden Barn Planning Service.  Note the track for the Louden Hay Carrier.
A hole cut into the barn ceiling lets a visitor see the loft, which used ideas from the Louden Barn Planning Service. Note the track for the Louden Hay Carrier.

At some point this metal shed replaced an older wooden shed.  The shed was used to showcase horses to prospective clients.
At some point this metal shed replaced an older wooden shed. The shed was used to showcase horses to prospective clients.

An original Charter Oak wagon built by Joel Turney & Co is on display in the shed.  The seat is a reproduction.  More details are here.
An original Charter Oak wagon built by Joel Turney & Son is on display in the shed.

The attachment (outlined in white) is a platform that could be attached to the back of the wagon so a worker could
stand on it and shovel the contents of the wagon bed onto the field or into the corn crib or wherever.  Note the original seat.
Turney Wagon

The west side of the barn itself tells us something about the original shed.
The west side of the barn itself tells us something about the original shed.

A Maasdam Barns board member films a farmer telling us how this John Deere planter works.
A Maasdam Barns board member films a farmer telling us how this John Deere planter works.

This is one of three Louden ventilators on display.  They were removed from a local barn before it was torn down.
This is one of three Louden ventilators on display. They were removed from a local barn before it was torn down.

The Open House comes to a close.
The Open House comes to a close.

The last of the visitors are leaving the Open House.
The last of the visitors are leaving the Open House.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Oct 2011.

Show Barn, Volunteers, July & August 2011

Volunteers work on the Show Barn.  (July 16, 2011)
 Volunteers work on the Show Barn

Repairing a window on the south end of the Show Barn.  (July 16, 2011)
Repairing a window on the south end of the Show Barn.

Volunteers return to the Show Barn on Aug 06, 2011.
Volunteers return to the Show Barn on Aug 06, 2011.

A protective cage being built in a room of the Show Barn.  (Aug 06, 2011)
A protective cage being built in a room of the Show Barn.

Small tools will be displayed here.
Small tools will be displayed here.

These three birds have just been sitting here watching, barely moving.
These three birds have just been sitting here watching, barely moving.

The information sign for the Show Barn being installed.  (Aug 13, 2011)
The information sign for the Show Barn being installed.

The Louden stanchions are installed in the Show Barn.  (Aug 6, 2011)
The Louden stanchions are installed in the Show Barn.

These Louden stanchions and the Louden Litter Carrier were obtained from in an old barn in Monroe, IA
These Louden stanchions and the Louden Litter Carrier were obtained from in an old barn in Monroe, IA

Preparing the overhead tracks for the Louden Litter Carrier in the Show Barn.  (Aug 13, 2011)
Preparing the overhead tracks for the Louden Litter Carrier in the Show Barn.

Setting the height of the tracks.  (Aug 13, 2011)
Setting the height of the tracks.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, July 16, Aug 6 & 13, 2011.

Show Barn, Volunteers, May 2011

Volunteers will give the Show Barn a good clean-out inside.
Volunteers will give the Show Barn a good clean-out inside.

It is muddy because underground electrical wires were installed to connect the buildings.
It is muddy because underground electrical wires were installed to connect the buildings.

The sliding door on the left is being repaired, while recyclable wood is being carried out.
The sliding door on the left is being repaired, while recyclable wood is being carried out.

The refurbished window is given a more secure mounting.
The refurbished window is given a more secure mounting.

The Louden Bird-Proof Barn Door Track and Hangers are being removed for repair and a clean-up.
See the Louden door hanger catalogue page.
The Louden Bird-Proof Barn Door Track and Hangers are being removed for repair and a clean-up.

The Louden stanchion you see on the right was removed from an old barn in Monroe, along with a Louden Litter Carrier.
The Louden stanchion you see on the right was removed from an old barn in Monroe, along with a Louden Litter Carrier.

A heavy duty vacuum cleaner was used.  The first thorough cleaning since 1910?
A heavy duty vacuum cleaner was used.  The first thorough cleaning since 1910?.

What a difference a morning's work can make.  The trough, covered by boards, was for cow waste.
What a difference a morning's work can make.   The trough, covered by boards, was for cow waste.

Are we all finished?
Are we all finished?

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, May 14, 2011.

Show Barn, New Roof & Cupola Jan 2011

The new cupola was built on the ground and lifted into place.  (Jan 6, 2011).
The new cupola was built on the ground and lifted into place, Jan 6, 2011).

New shingles had already been installed on the top part of the roof.
New shingles had already been installed on the top part of the roof.

Flashing is being installed to prevent leaks.  The big hole in the lower-right part of the roof will be repaired.
Flashing is being installed to prevent leaks.  The big hole in the lower-right part of the roof will be repaired.

Shingles are being installed on the west side of the roof at the same time.
Shingles are being installed on the west side of the roof at the same time.

It's cold today.
It's cold today.

All of the shingles have been installed.  (Jan 26, 2011).
All of the shingles have been installed.  (Jan 26, 2011).

View of the west side.
View of the west side.

View of the east side of the Show Barn, with Mare Barn in the foreground.
View of the Show Barn, with Mare Barn in the foreground.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Jan 2011.

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