Big Hewn beams can be found in the oldest barns that were built before the advent of the saw mill. Hewing refers to the method of squaring timbers by means of Broad Axe, Adze, and Slick. The men that did this sculpted arrow straight beams from live standing trees. Though well squared and surprisingly smooth, Hewn Beams stand apart from mill-sawn timbers with their chopped and split faces.
The men who shaped these beams did so as close to the building site as they could. For this reason Hewn Beams come in a variety of hardwood species from the area where they originally grew. Oak, Elm, Ash, and Hickory are the most common, with Walnut and Cherry being available upon request.