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I was told that it's purpose was for a clear span in the barn so that wagons could turn around on the inside without a post being in the way.I have a hunch that there is more to it than that, but as of yet I have not discovered what that might be.If anyone else has some insights on that, please share in the comments below.
People keep saying a swing barn is very rare,when I ask them what is a swing barn they change the subject. I have not heard of a swing barn but I have heard of a swing beam.
They aren't all that common, but I wouldn't say they are rare.
They are a tapered beam that tapers down from the center to the outsides.
For example, I have one that tapers from 14" in the center down to 10" on the outsides and it is 50' long.
Our most dramatic has been a 30' beam that tapers from 27" in the middle to 14" at each end. I have spoken to timber framers about the "swing beam" and none of them believe that it would have improved the integrity/support of the barn. It is thought they were and innovation after Dutch barns which would allow for a wide turning radius within the barn as well as possibly allowing wheat thrashing.
It would appear that it was strictly cosmetic, or perhaps even less work than using an adze or broad axe to shape the whole thing. In our region there is always a smaller parallel timber ~3’ above the lower beam which is attached by 2 or 3 peged studs.
Particularly in some cases where the span is not wide enough to turn a tractor, and or there are supports for the swing beam. This would create a truss enabling the 2 beams to not sag and be self-supporting across 30-40’.
I would certainly call the swing beam rare and a treasure, however in saying that, we have been unable to garner a price increase for such a gem in comparison to regular, straight beams. Brett In the North East and specifically around Albany NY Swing beam barns are relatively common. I have recently found what I believe to be a Scribed ruled Swing Beam frame dating from ~1790.
The Timber Framing Guild (tgguild.org) is always studying these structures.
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