Friday, November 8, 2019
We have been using our Maya Lin Stones around the newly painted barns and now have a coffee table from this Knoll collection. They are lovely shapes and colors together while easy to move around the lawn and then store or use in the barns.
This week was the dedication of Maya Lin's two Princeton University installations, "The Princeton Line"; an earth sculpture commemorating Princeton's Dinky train, and "Einstein's Table"; a granite water table paying tribute to Princeton's resident Albert Einstein. I went to hear her speak about the works and her focused environmental approach to art and life. What a brilliant artist and architect who grew up playing with clay and exploring the southern woods of Ohio.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Venting a barn with a cupola is critical to cool, stop dangerous condensation and reduce the hazard of spontaneous combustion. The small animal barn was missing its' cupola top above the hayloft, so I found a classic "Manchester" style made to order with premium grade cypress and a 24 gauge copper roof from Good Directions. They are lovely and we have installed two of them now on both parts of this barn; one with an "Avon" finial and the larger has a refurbished weather vane on Good Direction pole parts. This is a terrific company with wonderfully crafted products, and outstanding employees!
Installation was easy with expert advice.
Monday, October 21, 2019
The two Toshiko Takaezu Moonpots at Old Farm are now quite impressive with the lily garden subdued and the lawn not full of leaves yet this mild October. What a lovely weekend it was to garden on the Cape and take an inspirational trip to Nantucket.
Toshiko Takaezu became famous as a potter for elevating functional ceramic vessels into fine art. Her most popular series of Moonpots (1937-2010) were closed spherical ceramic sculptures; of which Bill repaired two he was given to save from structural cracks. Toshiko taught at Princeton University for twenty-five years and Bill spent a year as her apprentice in the Clinton, NJ studio.
Bottom images are of Nantucket window boxes and a garden in October when the landscaping and houses are still swell.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
Our barn windows span many years of basic design, purpose and restoration. We are now repairing the last wall of windows in the small animal barn which is part of two adjacent horse stalls. The top window of the hayloft had a heavy piece of cloth stapled to its' top and I have found the six pane window with top hinges to remount there. The bottom two windows have new pieces of trim after removing large sheets of press board nailed to this wall; protecting it from horses.
This is the last barn wall power washed and just painted as well as the last group of windows "outside" to repair. The left window slides open with iron bars behind it and the right window has side hinges and four glass panes which need a new muntin. The impact of repairing all our barn windows has been remarkable and great fun.