Experts in Historic Barns Convene in Guernsey County, Ohio

Tour and demonstrations highlight conference at Salt Fork

SALT FORK STATE PARK and RESORT, Ohio, March 10, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Timber frame craftsmen and saviors of traditional buildings will join forces from March 18-20 at the Salt Fork State Park Resort, OH to examine the history and future of eastern Ohio barns, log buildings and covered bridges.

The Timber Framers Guild's Traditional Timber Frame Research and Advisory Group (TTRAG) will hold its annual Conference in Ohio for the first time, and the event will be co-hosted by the Friends of Ohio Barns. Leading authors, architects, and builders from across the U.S. and Canada will be presenters, including Jack Sobon, author of Timber Frame Construction and Build a Classic Timber Frame House; Don Hutslar, former curator of the Ohio Historical Society and author of The Log Architecture of Ohio, and Jan Lewandoski, world-renowned restorer of covered bridges and church steeples.

The conference will feature a Friday bus tour of historic sites with commentary by experts, and then will have seminars and demonstration from Friday night through Sunday morning. Highlights include a slide show Saturday night of members' work and a demonstration or hewing logs into beams with an axe by Michael Burrey.

The public is invited to attend the event. Advance registration and a conference fee are required. The conference is $240 (including all meals Friday dinner thorough Sunday lunch) or $100 per day (lunch only). The Friday bus tour has a separate fee of $50, including lunch.

For further information, or to register, contact the Timber Framers Guild at 413-623-9926, or visit their website at (includes a detailed conference schedule). For information on the Friends of Ohio Barns, visit

For media, contact Will Beemer, 413-623-9926,, Fax: 888-453-0879. The Timber Framers Guild is a 501(c)3 charitable educational organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the craft of timber framing. Founded in 1985, it now has almost 2000 members in 16 countries. Besides the numerous workshops, publications and conferences the Guild produces, each year members volunteer for special community service projects, which also serve as training exercises.

Friends of Ohio Barns is a non-profit organization (501c3) that has formed to help save and protect Ohio's beautiful barns.


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