Big changes in store for tonight’s premier of Barnwood Builders

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

The Barnwood Builders are back for season 18, streaming on Max this evening. 

“We still take things down and put things up,” Mark Bowe jokes. “Somehow we stretched it out over 18 seasons.” 

But there are some big changes in store this year, including a new look and feel to the show Bowe says fans will recognize immediately. 

‘Unlike anything else on reality TV’

“We got the same cameras they used in the new Top Gun movie,” he explains. “It’ll look unlike anything else in reality TV.” 

Bowe says after last season, the cast sat down with the crew and producers to ask how they each make the show better. The crew asked for the very best equipment, and they got it. 

“Our director of photography is a two-time Emmy winner,” Bowe says. “This season the crew was given the freedom they wanted to get the shots that could be award-winning. It’s gonna be beautiful.”

But that new equipment comes with a downside, according to Mark. “Good lighting never hurts anybody, but you don’t want the camera so close it shows every blemish.” 

Back to basics

While the film crew focuses on improved cinematography, the Barnwood Builders focused on getting back to basics. “What we needed to make the show better was really good projects that we could take pride in,” says Bowe. “We stepped up and took some projects nobody else would’ve tried. I’m really proud of the projects we did.” 

One project viewers will see updates on throughout the entire season is Barnwood Village in White Sulphur Springs, a collection of three tiny cabins behind the Barnwood Living store where guests will be able to stay overnight. “By the end of the season, you’ll see a final product.”


Here’s the full description for each of the episode in the first part of season 18: 

  • 1/4 – Bank Barn Retires – The Barnwood Builders head to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania to save a classic bank barn. 
  • 1/11 – Mountaintop Masterpiece – The guys head to Albertville, Alabama to build a beautiful log cabin guest house
  • 1/18 – Small Town, Big Dreams – White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is a small town with big plans after a tragic flood devastated the community. This week the Barnwood Builders play a big part of this small town’s revival as they build a log cabin and timber frame.
  • 1/25 – Hilltop Hybrid – The Barnwood Builders head to the hills of Pocahontas County, West Virginia to try something new.
  • 2/1 – Lake Erie Pool House – The guys build a log cabin pool house on a tight job site in Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio.
  • 2/8 – Pioneer Puzzle Master – The guys head to West Sunbury, PA to restore a complex log cabin.
  • 2/15 – Barnwood Builders Fun & Games -.Mark Bowe looks back on ways he and the guys have had fun in the field.
  • 2/22 – “State” of the Art – Mark Bowe recalls some of the finest log homes he’s seen in states across the country.
  • 2/29 – Klecka Cabin Whole Story – Mark tours a double log pen along Alabama’s Guntersville Lake that the guys created using parts and pieces from two old barns. From Punxsutawney, PA to Abingdon, VA, they salvaged the best of each barn to create a breathtaking lakeside cabin.

Rotator cuffs and biceps

The Barnwood Builders aren’t just a TV outfit. They do the work, and that work sometimes takes its toll on a man’s body. 

As Mark explains, “This season Sherman gets healthy, and I start to get unhealthy. He gets better from his rotator cuff and back injuries, and I tear a rotator cuff and a bicep.”

Mark is currently recovering well–and ahead of schedule–from surgery at Marshall University. Stay tuned next week for more on that. 

His dad never missed a day of work, and Mark wasn’t about to either. “Expect more of the same this season. Some beautiful, big projects. And Johnny Jett is still Johnny Jett. You can count on that.”

Barnwood Builders premiers January 4 at 9pm on The Magnolia Network. You can watch on the Max app or by contacting your local TV provider.


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