Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

An eight-day Community Building Project by The Timber Framers Guild has raised a barn at ClearWater Farm, an historic farm on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Georgina.

From Aug. 18-25, the new timber frame barn was built using traditional methods to honour the barn built 112 years ago on the property. That barn succumbed to fire two years ago but now, the new barn will become a multi-functional year-round resource for cultural programming, meetings and events.

Community Building Projects are the heart and soul of the Timber Framers Guild.

“The ClearWater Farm Barn is a traditional queen post barn frame similar to those found all across the countryside of Ontario”, says Rob Geoghegan-Morphet, the Project Manager.

Over the span of a week, a team of instructors worked with many students and volunteers, a mix of local trades people, community volunteers and members of the Timber Framers Guild, to process approximately 16,000 board feet of Douglas Fir timbers to form and raise the structure.

Clear Water Farm – and the rebuilt barn— are being created as places where kids can grow closer to their food and feel more connected to nature. 

Annabel Slaight, Founding Chair of the Ontario Water Centre, the educational charity spearheading the ClearWater project, says it was kids’ insights that led to the relationship with the Timber Framers Guild. 

“When you are building a place for kids you’ve got to involve kids, and they told us the new barn must keep old memories alive while becoming a place for people’s creativity. Our research led us to the Timber Framers‘ other Ontario project – the covered bridge in Guelph --and when we heard that community is still talking about their event 20 years later, we knew they could help us hold a barn-raising bee here that would build community as well as a building.”

The week of events showcased: Georgina’s 200th Anniversary on Aug. 28, the new barn, Georgina’s natural history, and the unique cultural connection that ClearWater Farm has with the Chippewas First Nations of Georgina Island.

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Since 1988, the Timber Framers Guild has collaborated with communities to create over seventy-five timber frame structures.  Throughout that time, they’ve worked in the US, Canada, Surinam and Poland and have built timber frames for bridges, market pavilions, picnic shelters, park structures and houses for Habitat for Humanity.

The Timber Framers Guild is a nonprofit organized exclusively for educational purposes to provide training programs for timber framers, disseminate information about timber framing to the public, and serve as a general centre of timber framing information for the professional and public alike.

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To donate to support this barn project, click here.

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