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This shed is almost completely made of salvaged building material. 


Some really old lumber that anyone else would take to the dump. 


But with a coat of red barn paint (falu red) it looks like new and will probably last another 50 years. 

When the prevailing wind blows from the west the portal to the caged garden becomes a wind tunnel, so instead of putting on doors, I built a windbreak with some old lumber.
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It’s portable, and can be moved depending on the direction of the wind.

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The weather is stormy today, so the windbreak is getting a good test, and it works pretty well. For really bad storms, I’ll have to tie it down so that it doesn’t blow away. This spring it will get a coating of falu red paint.

Where the Clematis alpina once was.

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It has been taken down and gently laid upon the ground. Slightly mangled by ladders and foot traffic, it will go back up today, as that corner of the house is now done. It will probaby not be presentable. Time to trim it back anyway.

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Our finest clematis is in full bloom, but this coming weekend we have to paint the house, so it has to come down. Hopefully we can do it carefully, so that we can put it back up and get an equally grand bloom next year.

We painted the house 20 years ago, so it’s about time. It is falu red and the south side is pretty dull now. I’ve been stalling a few years now, because I dont want to have to take down all the climbers.

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The garden ‘bus stop’ gets a fresh coat of paint. I did, however, like the old paint better. Now the building has a uniform color at least – falu red.

I use recycled lumber for all of my building projects. A lot of the boards for this ‘bus stop’ are from the old saw mill on this farm that we tore down last year. Some of the boards were at least a hundred years old and painted 50 – 60 years ago with falu red paint and really weathered In varying degrees. Other boards are from other buildings and all together this mix of boards made an interesting and beautiful surface.

But now we’ve put a new coat on to protect it hoping that the boards will last a few hundred years more. It’s a very good wood preservative and beautiful color as well.

This paint is the traditional and most popular paint for houses, barns and any other country building in Sweden. It’s made with water, rye flour, linseed oil and tailings from the copper mines of Falun which contains iron oxide.

I have never made it myself, but because it has become more and more expensive I will have to try soon.