Job Lane Barn

Tom based his design for the Job Lane barn on the framing of the Job Lane House and on a few existing salt marsh barns on the north shore of Massachusetts. Tom cut a reduced-sized version of what was most likely the Job Lane barn. The main barn is a 20 x 30 ft three bay barn with a 12 x 30 ft shed attached to one side.
There is no evidence of a barn on the house site, but since the house was on a farm of thousands of acres, there is no doubt that a barn existed at one time. When the Friends of the Job Lane House decided to build a barn next to the house, they asked Tom Musco to research, cut and supervise the raising of a new 16th century barn.
The Deacon Job Lane House is an early 16th century saltbox that was rescued from demolition by a dedicated group of Bedford, MA residents called The Friends of the Job Lane House.
Deacon Job Lane was the grandson of Job Lane, one of the first joiner/carpenter/timber framer to immigrate to New England.
Job Lane had many apprentices and built houses and other buildings in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He probably built the frame for his grandson’s saltbox house and barn.

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Tom Musco, the founder and principle timber framer of Royalston Oak, began his professional woodworking career as a musical instrument apprentice to Peter S Kyvelos in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1973. Tom spent several years making and repairing a variety of Middle Eastern and Western stringed musical instruments. One of his dulcimers was featured in the first Fine Woodworking Design Book in 1976. Tom and his wife Judy moved to Royalston, Massachusetts in 1977 and began building timber frames, an interest he discovered in a beautiful timber-frame barn on his in-laws farm in Petersham, Massachusetts. His first frame was for his shop and his second frame was for his house. He made furniture and timber frames until 1980 when his shop was struck by lightening and burned to the ground along with all his tools and machinery. He built a new timber framed shop with the help of his neighbors and began timber framing full time. Tom was a founding member of the Timber Framers Guild. He has done workshops in NE ( Pembroke workshop at TFG ) and England. In 1989 Tom and his crew participated in the famous Concord Barn Raising episode of This Old House. He has built timber frames in New York State, the Hamptons, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska, and all the New England states except Rhode Island. Tom has crafted almost 200 timber frames since 1977. Tom is also an excellent cook with an interest in food of Sicily, where 3 of his 4 grandparents were born. He has written a series of articles on Sicilian food which you can read at the website of the Umass Journalism in Sicily Program.