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Barnboard and Twig Siding

For a Rustic Garden Shed

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When I designed and built the Eggporeum it was meant to be a chicken house, and it's gradually evolved into a museum of sorts; everything bird-o-belia is found here.

Barnboard and Twig Siding

I had some very weathered and split barn boards that I really wanted to use somewhere; what better way to showcase them but on my little shed? 

Although I didn't have enough to cut the batten part out of them too, I decided to go ahead and use them to be the board part of the siding. 

Some were over a foot wide, not something that you find often.

There has to be a way to use these authentic barn boards for something!

Barnboards spaced a couple of inches apart

I nailed the pieces onto the OSB (Oriented Strand Board) that made up the basic wall of the shed. I painted the OSB brown, to make a good backdrop for the twigs and boards which were cut to fit around the frame of the window. 

Each board was spaced to leave a couple of inches, which was randomly filled with small diameter Douglas Fir poles, salvaged from where they had died out, deprived of light among other larger trees.

Barnboard alternates with Douglas Fir twigs

If you know anything about Douglas Fir, it is extremely dense and hard wood.  I screwed these into place after drilling completely through them.  Nailing them didn't work, the nails bent and couldn't be hammered through the poles.

The final look is something I really like; it's very rustic and unusual.

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