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Building a Studio Workshop

There is something special about building an art studio or a workshop, about creating spaces for artists and artisans to create beautiful things. It is, without hyperbole, simply a good thing for a builder to do. We’ve built dozens of them over the years, each as unique as the artist. But while no two Geobarns…

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A Texas Homecoming to Arrowhead Hill

Two weeks ago on a West coast trip from VA — I had the inestimable privilege to visit the Arrowhead Hill Texas venue we built an hour north of Houston, now up and running, free of the pandemic, and permeated with breathtaking beauty.  I only put up 20 pictures here of the 180 or so…

Why We Build with Diagonal Framing

“Why Diagonal Framing?” That’s the first question everyone asks when seeing a Geobarn under construction for the first time. Diagonal framing is not only the idea which launched Geobarns, it is the foundation of the system of building innovations we have created ever since. Diagonal framing is strong. It is efficient. Diagonal framing, combined with…

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Geobarns Journey: Italy to Texas – The Old World to the New

In the past month we have racked up some miles… journeying to Italy with Casey and David to develop a master site plan for the Rochetta project — including water pathways, vineyard, roads, new and medieval buildings, and development of a permaculture farm. Casey learned to overcome her lack of Italian by using her hands…

2020 Reflection

It is the custom at the turning of the year to reflect upon the past year and to plan for the new, and it is with some chagrin that we note that it has been nearly two full years since this blog was last updated. This is both a mark of success and a mark…

Looking Forward, in More Ways Than One

As I assembled this latest batch of pictures there is a striking common theme running throughout–which is that every one of our current projects is inundated with snow–with a few exceptions in Virginia which have the lesser blessing of lots of red mud…. While currently on business in TX and AZ and visiting family–I am…

Catching My Breath…

We have had an eventful year—both professionally and personally…and with the two winter holidays on the weekends the hiatus has provided some time to rest and reflect…too rare an occurrence these days.  We have been blessed with a huge amount of work which we anticipate will carry us through the winter…not only in NY, VA,…

Silent Spring, Slow Summer, Frenetic Fall…

Hello All— It has been a woefully long interval since the last post—five months and a day to be exact….mostly a commentary on my being too busy and neglecting the important for the urgent.  Business was incredibly slow this spring—with nothing getting in ground and then piling up into the summer backlog with everyone trying…

Winter Work: Shoveling Snow, Keeping Warm, Growing in Grace

It has been some time since I wrote a post—indicative of lots of travel, some strain in keeping up with the weather, and plowing through not only manifold snowfalls but also new projects along with those we barely got in ground before further excavation became impossible for now… We have about eight jobs going….finishing up…

Wondrous Winter: Gift of God

While many of these pictures are current projects and those which we hope to shortly start….quite a number are also winter wonderland shots over the years portraying the harrowing beauty of the cold season that nonetheless also mysteriously warms our hearts. I have always felt that when we work in winter we somehow mitigate its…