Duchy Home Farm

We build large pole barns for agricultural or educational use. The barns are for owners wanting an attractive, natural and craftsman made space as an alternative to the ubiquitous steel frame barn.

We built this barn at Duchy Home Farm using large dimension Larch and Chestnut trees used in the round.


shingle pole barn

Unlike the conventional pole barn we sit the posts on pad stones rather burying them in the ground which means the posts won’t rot.


roundwood timber barn

The frames of this barn is shingles but our other pole barns can support mono-pitch roofs.


building a pole barn

Our pole barns can be timber clad and have the option of a tin or shingle roof.

If you’d like to talk to us about building a Pole Barn ⇒ get in touch.

More information on Roundwood Timber Framed Pole Barns.

Round wood framing poles are ready for use directly after felling once the bark is removed. No additional processing is required. We tend to use Sweet Chestnut, Larch and Douglas fir although many other timbers can also be used. In Britain the origin of this method goes back to the classic cruck frame design. Examples of this style can still be seen in historic buildings today. Our structures are an evolution of this method. We use scribed joints and make a variety of different frame shapes.
The reasons for resurrecting this method are it’s aesthetic quality, ecological credentials and it’s structural performance. These frames re-connect us with the beauty of the natural world. They are relaxing to the eye; and it reminds us that wood comes from trees. Using roundwood cuts out the industrial process of squaring timbers, which saves a lot of transport, energy and associated emissions. Poles for roundwood timber framing can be sourced directly from local forests and are also up to 50% stronger than the equivalent square sawn section.