Teamwork & Timbers

MBPN’s youth barn raising is a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity that provides information, exposure and experience through a traditional community barn raising common in Michigan communities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Similar to husking bees, quilting bees, and other shared work activities, neighbors depended upon each other to accomplish what they could not do alone.

Students of all ages can erect a quarter-scale, timber-frame model barn. These 3-D hands-on, life-size puzzles routinely travel to classrooms to demonstrate historic construction techniques while challenging students to use their math, science, and engineering skills. And of course, learn to work as a team.

2019 Fall Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 19 

Frankenmuth Fall Fest

Grandpa Tiny’s Farm

7775 Weiss St., Frankenmuth, MI 48734

(989) 652-5437

Teamwork & Timbers barn building workshop will start at 2 p.m. During this demonstration 15 individuals are invited to help build a quarter-scale, timber frame barn. Everyone is welcome to come watch and listen to the demonstration as the team builds. The only cost is the basic admission to the Frankenmuth Farm Festival, $5.

This barn raising is a one-of-a-kind educational experience for ages 10 and up to participate in and watch!  To sign up for the barn raising team, email

Aug. 24 – Sept. 9

Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum

6948 Richie Rd., Gagetown, MI

The annual barn-raising class for children ages 9 and up was held on Aug. 24. To sign up for next year, contact: Rose Putnam at 989-444-9574.

The timber-frame model barn they erected remained on display for Fall Family Days. Paul Deo gave presentations on Sept. 7 and 8.

Earlier this year, Teamwork & Timbers activities took place at:

  • Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference at Grand Traverse Resort (Jan. 25-26)
  • 4-H Exploration Days at MSU in Morrill Hall of Agriculture (June 19-20)
  • Gordon Hall Days in Dexter (June 22-23)
  • Grandparents Day at Michigan State University (June 25)

Teamwork & Timbers at the 2019th Sm. Farm Conference

MBPN is at the No. MI Sm. Farm Conference in Acme (TC Resort). Today Board members Vera and Steve worked with our young crew with 'Teamwork & Timbers" – raising a 1/4 size barn frame. –Check out our progress! Tomorrow Steve will present "Barn School". We are tickled to be at this conference again this year — many small farmers with traditional barns. The 1/4 size frame will remain up — next to our exhibition booth through– tomorrow!

Posted by Michigan Barn Preservation Network on Friday, January 25, 2019

Kids help build Teamwork & Timbers model barn at the 2019 Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference.

Contact MBPN to ask about scheduling T&T for your group.

Download the Teamwork & Timbers venue brochure for more information.