ELKHART COUNTY, IN
- A wood-peg constructed 51,000-square-foot farmers market â believed to be the largest wood building of its kind in the world - goes on the auction block June 15. Built as a farmers market in 2006 by local Amish wood craftsmen, the massive structure is located just south of Elkhart, IN.
The three-story structure is built entirely using wood pegs to hold together the mortis and tenon wood joints. Larger than a football field, it features hundreds of solid heavy timber beams, columns and braces held together with wood joints, cut and notched for the framing of the structure.
Columns, slope beams and braces were harvested locally, and sawed on an Amish farm. Logs are from white and red oak, hickory beech and poplar. Most beams are seasoned douglas fir, originally shipped from Idaho on nine trucks. The largest are 16 feet x 16 feet arriving at 40 feet in length before construction. The Troyer Group, a Mishiwaka, IN planning, architectural and construction firm, designed the wood beam structure to withstand 100 mph winds. The auction includes hundreds of acres of property adjoining the wood peg structure.
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