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 Farm Girl Crafts and Collectibles

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 -SPECIALIZING IN HANDMADE PRIMITIVE RUSTIC BARN WOOD & BARBED WIRE HOME DECOR- signs*picture frames*shelves*candle holders*planters*table decor*western jewelry
Welcome! When I do craft shows, I love seeing someone start to smile after seeing something I've made. So if you don't find an item that suits you, I hope you leave here with a smile!

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  • Barn Wood and Barbed Wire History

   The barn wood I use is from a barn built in 1917.  It was a beautiful two story barn complete with a loft and screech Owl, that sat about 500-600 feet behind our house on the homestead place in North Texas just west of Burkburnet.  About 5 summers ago now, a tornado touched down at 2:00am and cut a narrow path of destruction behind our house, but thankfully left our house untouched (a couple of shingles missing).  Pictured to the left is what is left of our old barn.

   This barn was built as part of a package to get people back on their feet.  The package included a house, pig pens, a coral, and a barn.  Unfortunately, the original house burned to the ground in 1981.  As far as a specific age, all we know is that these items were on the Deed in 1917.  So, it could possibly be a little older than 96 years old.  My husbands family bought this place in the early 1970's.
   When I started cleaning things up a bit after the tornado, I discovered a literal barbed wire graveyard in and around the old barn (pictured above right and lower left).  I didn't do any research on how old it was until my Mother insisted it could be of historic value.   I hate to admit it, but Mom was right!   After finding this, I developed a curiosity as to how old some of the "back 40" fences were.  They have been spliced and repaired over and over again, but there are still nice size sections with antique barbed wire hanging or on the ground.  I can't tell you how many patents and varieties are on this place because I still haven't covered the whole fence line.  Keep checking my listings, I could be discovering for a LONG time.