I’m a timberframer and preservation carpenter, and with some regularity, work on Covered Bridge restoration projects.

Bridgewrighting can be a tough row to hoe, for a myriad of reasons. From scheduling issues, to contradicting attitudes on what is appropriate in approach and in methods and materials. Differing sensibilities on what is appropriate, might drive a willingness to participate in certain projects based on whether specified “repairs” are sensitive to true preservation methodologies and the bridges original construction, or introduce dis-similar materials, or a reconfiguration of original framing. Such lack of sensitivity to original construction is typically born of ignorance, callous disregard, or worse. The tough to hoe observation also goes to many jurisdictions still simply not yet sufficiently vetting bidders résumés – Which is to say, just because a company is on that state approved bidders list and capable of building that seven figure overpass, this does not mean they are capable of building or restoring a joined timber wooden bridge…

So, I have much to say about all this and more – And despite my tough row observation, I promise not to whine.

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  • graemeu

    Living in a country where wooden bridges were made from blackbutt, ironwood or stringybark, covered bridges are an oddity never seen. Could you tell me the reason for covering them? I can see it would help with longevity but is there more to it?

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    • Will Truax

      Thanks for stopping by…

      There are a few old wives tales about horses and barns, but there is nothing to them whatever.

      It is all about keeping off the elements and how that aids in longevity.


  • Stephen A. Long

    My name is Stephen Allen Long and am in search of anyone who might know of members of Stephen Harriman Longs family that might still be alive? Any help you can give in reconnecting a family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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