YOU JUST HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT. 18 sbcmag.info • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 WHAT WAS ULTIMATELY a daunting project began with some minor confusion. “We got a call,” said Ebinger, “and I was asked, ‘do you do a round truss?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we can do a round truss. It’s called a bowstring.’ So we did a quote with a bowstring.” The response wasn’t good. “I just started with a 62-foot bow-string truss,” designer Mike Seeley explained, “and they said, ‘No. We want it more like a silo.’” Fortunately, Jim’s Apple Barn had found, in Ebinger and Seeley, a team with the right attitude. “I’ll give everything a shot,” Seeley offered, “regardless of how complicated it seems.” “Something like this is right up my alley,” Ebinger agreed. “Mundane isn’t any fun.” Mundane the project was not. The concept itself was so challenging that Jim’s Apple Barn was happy to pay “just to do a design,” Ebinger remembered, even before an agree-ment was finalized for the actual production. In the end, Seeley set almost 1,000 different planes in the truss design software to build a truly round building dome.