Hi everyone! It's me, Autumn!
A lot of you asked to see the inside of the portion of dad's workshop that was built c.1680 so I'm going to take you inside!
Does this door look familiar to you?
It's the door that Maggie pokes her head out of on our sidebar and it's the door that leads into dad's workshop!
Don't worry - this is a friendly Indian!
Come on in!
This is one of the corners of this antique structure! All of these timbers coming together in the corner near the top dad calls the English tying-joint and it's a very rare thing to see something like this in our country! The large vertical timber is called a gunstock post. It gets its name from its shape. It's larger at the top and slims down at the bottom at the floor level, like a gun! The timbers are all made of white oak, which is very, very heavy wood!
We've stepped back so you can see more of the frame! It's hard to photograph because dad has so much stuff in here! It's very busy! That painting on the ceiling is his "Boston Girl"! Many of you know that our dad had a heart transplant and dad has not yet heard from his donor's family and maybe he never will and that's okay too! This painting is what dad imagines that his donor looks like. It was painted by Miss Barbara's husband, Mr. Leonard!This is the chimney in this portion of dad's workshop. Dad's mason, Vincent, mortared this millstone right into the chimney! All of those wooden beams are called trenched purlins, which is another incredible site for us here in the USA to see! I bet our doggie friends in England have seen this before if they visit antique buildings!
Do you want to see dad's lathe? He calls it the hippopotamus because of its size! You can see all of dad's lathe tools lined up on the right hand side. He turned all of his own handles!
Whew! I hope you all enjoyed the quick tour!
I feel much more comfortable in the garden enjoying this beautiful delphinium!
See you all next Wednesday!