Rorys Rustic Furniture

Barns

Rory's Rustic Furniture personally reclaims barns, fences, corrals, and rail cars from around the state of Montana. The weathered buildings aren't in service anymore and are usually a safety hazard to the owner. Instead of bulldozing these historic landmarks to the ground and burning their remains, Rory's Rustic Furniture carefully reclaims the salvageable material, pulls the rusty nails, and reuses the unique lumber to create beautiful rustic furniture. Browse the collection of reclamations below to learn more about the history and wood that Rory's Rustic Furniture has reclaimed.

Ennis Homestead

Ennis, Montana

This homestead lies 14 miles south of Ennis, next to a seasonal creek that sheds snow melt in the spring. We reclaimed a large supply of 4x6 material (siding believe it or not!), rusted corrugated metal roofing, and 1x10 circle sawn roofing. The homestead included four structures, ranging from barns to sheds and even an outhouse. We camped on site during the reclamation and brought home four truck/trailer loads of very unique rustic lumber for future RRF projects.

Big Red

White Sulphur Springs, MT

Big Red has been the largest structure we've reclaimed, requiring 3 crew, a 16' scaffold tower, and over 200 man hours to carefully reclaim over 10,000 board feet of rustic lumber. This barn most recently served as shelter for raising 4H animals, but most likely experienced a wide range of uses over it's long life. We came to understand this barn was actually disassembled and rebuilt on this location. The barn yielded a wide supply of red painted circle sawn 1x8 and 2x6 material, mostly faded on the predominant windward west side while more preserved on the exterior east walls.

1900's Saw Mill

White Sulphur Springs, MT

These two barns served as the local saw mill and lumber storage for White Sulphur Springs during the early to mid 1900's. This reclamation was very special to us because the lumber we salvaged from other nearby barns was milled inside these buildings. At some point in it's life, the mill experienced a fire which charred the underside of the roof. This limited supply is destined to become very unique, future RRF pieces.

Lind Homestead

White Sulphur Springs, MT

High in the hills above White Sulphur Springs, the Lind homestead was pioneered in the 1900's by Pete Lind, a Swedish immigrant. The two barns served as cattle shelter from the wolves and winter storms, milking, and ranching sheep during the late 1950's. The lower barn was built around 1916 while the upper barn (metal roof) was built in 1958 by Joe Lind at 27 years old, who still resides in White Sulphur Springs.

Calving Barn

Ennis, MT

This 16'x120' barn was used for calving every spring just south of Ennis. Rusted corrugated metal covered the roof, which we'll flatten, seal, and cover walls or panel within future RRF barn wood doors. The exterior siding was painted red and heavily weathered on the west side. We salvaged a nice supply of circle sawn 2x6 studs, 1x8 roofing and siding.

Gateway Granary

Gallatin Gateway, MT

This granary was built in the late 1940's, making it over 65 years old. The construction of a granary is unique in that each 2x6 and 2x4 is nailed flat face one on top of the other, providing a massive amount of reclaimed lumber compared to typical stick frame buildings. This 12'x36' granary included two interior walls and yielded over 6,000 board feet of salvageable reclaimed lumber. Each board was pried up and nails pulled one at a time. The original circle sawn marks coupled with natural weathering and decades of grain rubbing against the interior walls makes this material full of character.

Kamps Barns

Bozeman, Montana

Located between Four Corners and Gallatin Gateway, the Kamps' ranch sits west of the Gallatin River with beautiful views overlooking the Gallatin Valley. Louis Kamps, the present rancher who kindly assisted us throughout the reclamation process, still ranches cattle and farms crops on this land. His father began the ranch after returning from WWII in the late 1940's. The four small barns that we reclaimed provided a variety of salvageable lumber - from rough sawn 2x4 studs and 2x10 floor joists to tongue and groove siding and lap flooring.

Biggs Chicken Coop

Bozeman, Montana

This chicken coop was used by the Biggs family to raise chicks and harvest eggs in the Springhill area north of Bozeman from 1945 through 1985. Betty Biggs, who graciously allowed the reclamation to take place, delivered eggs throughout the Bozeman area for her family as a young lady. She delivered 60 dozen eggs each week door to door and an additional 12 dozen eggs to the local grocery stores. The circle-sawn fir used throughout the building was milled at a nearby mill in the Springhill area. In this era, sawdust was commonly used as an insulator, as shown in the walls between the studs.

Rail Cars

Simms, Montana

These two rail cars serve as the oldest reclamation for Rory's Rustic Furniture. Built in 1893, and almost entirely from wood, these cars hauled grain on the Great Northern Railway during the turn of the century through the Great Depression. The 6"x10" douglas fir floor joists ran the entire length of the car (40+ feet) and supported 2" thick lap flooring. Rory's Rustic Furniture was also able to salvage a very limited supply of steel door latches and metal hardware which will be incorporated into future custom furniture.

Ray's Barn

Worden, Montana

This horse barn provided a large amount of tongue and groove douglas fir siding. The barn was built in 1912, and was on the verge of collapse when I discovered the building. With winds coming predominantly from the west, the exterior east and south walls still had remnants of red paint on the siding, where natural weathering left the north and west-facing walls a rough gray. Fortunately, we were also able to salvage many rusted hinges and door handles which will be reused in future custom furniture.

Sheep Barn

Worden, Montana

This livestock barn was built around the World War II era on the original Lyon's Homestead, who used the building to raise hogs. The property is now owned by the Capra residents, who used the barn to raise around 125 head of lamb each year. The framing was built from true rough sawn 2x4 and 2x6 pine lumber. The tongue and groove siding is douglas fir. We were fortunate to find a section of the barn floor supported by circle-sawn 4x12 pine beams. Natural rusted corrugated metal was also salvaged from the roof.