We had no idea that we were getting into the wedding business
In the spring of 2010, my daughter and I were leafing through pages of a bridal magazine when she spotted a photo of a couple sharing their wedding vows under an ancient barn structure. "This is where I want to get married some day," she proclaimed. I replied with a smile, "We've got that, only our views are better." Famous last words as I discovered 3 years later when she announced her engagement to the love of her life. Gary proclaimed "rent a tent, rent a tent!" but I persisted, wanting to see that rundown barn released of all it's junk and turned into useable space. Gary relented and we went to work, and it was daunting. Everyone doubted that it could be done in the six month timeframe, but Gary and I never turn away from the seemingly impossible, and we took on the challenge. Early in the project, we realized that we needed more help. At the time, our daughter and fiance lived in Boston. The other daughter, also recently engaged, agreed to help in the project, but she lived in Baltimore. So it was the three of us, Gary, myself and our teenage son Adam. Fortunely for us, three strapping young men walked into the Blacksmith Shop where Gary presides over the largest organization of blacksmiths in the country. These three gentlemen were enrolled in the Hobart welding school and had time on their hands living in a community and knowing no one. They had an interest in learning about blacksmithing, and had heard about Gary's reputation as a great instructor. Gary made a trade, and these three young men agreed to give us a hand. We now regard Mike, Tyrell, and Nate as family. They worked tirelessly with us, for our daughter, whom they had never met. We love those guys and keep in touch and they know that they will always find a home in Ohio. This barn's transformation was made possible with the labors of love, and the energy resonates among the hand-hewn barn beams and the cathedral of trees in the woods.