Sunday, August 6, 2017

Free Fencing

We inherited a stack of relatively new chain link fencing parts with this old farm; some 15' in length and most without the chain links. I listed it for free on craigslist and our neighbor called in fifteen minutes to say he would be right over! Christian and he carried it next door in twenty minutes and now I have cleaned up the backside of his garage barn finally.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Engraving A Stepping Stone

This year Old Farm turns 300 years old and we have had the original date of the house carved into the front stepping stone. We choose "Old Caslon" typeface which was used in the Declaration of Independence and popular at the time. Ironically, William Caslon developed this font for King George III of England who reigned during the American revolution. It is an organic serif font resembling handwriting which looks good in a long body of text (fashioned after earlier Dutch typefaces).

We have been told the date was painted on the original brick chimney of Old Farm before it was rebuilt.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Barn Projects

Since the weather this summer has been full of rain storms, we have moved into the big barn with some peripheral projects. Bill inherited an early kick/electric potter's wheel from his mentor's studio, which he is refurbishing here while Christian is restoring another vintage Weber grill (a "cult" model with flavorizing bars). We have also been given a clay slab roller which will help create a studio in the farmhouse basement.

Below is the first vintage Weber Grill Christian and Alex restored for Old Farm.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Repairing An Old Quilt

The top five sailboats of this old quilt were worn and frayed in spots, so I found a matching blue cotton fabric to cut, fold and top-stitch over them. The very small slip stitches made it tedious work, but lovely again. I found this quilt top long ago and quilted it for my oldest son who lives in Charlestown, MA; home of the Navy Yard and their oldest sailing ship "The Constitution".

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Affordable Farm Benches

I found these old 8' farm benches for $35.00 each which will provide more seating in many situations here, like in the barn, on the lawn or back porch. I prepped them with a disc sander, Christian made reinforcing repairs and Bill painted them with Benjamin Moore gloss white paint.

Beautiful Bluestone

Bill and Christian installed more beautiful Bluestones which makeup the opposite side entrance to this farmhouse. They run along a thick; beautifully built stone wall and are filled in with barn gravel. The stones are 2' X 3', nearly 2" thick, cost about $60 each and are very solid to walk on!

The ground was dug up pitched, leveled and filled with sand while bordering bricks were reset and more added to this walkway.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Redirecting Gutters

Bill, Christian and Leif dug a pitched trench leading downward and away from a central back gutter here which used to run along the trellis edge and empty onto the back lawn. They used 3" PVC Structural pipe and fittings which will carry the rain water under the back deck and away from the house foundation.

They also dug around the buried water pipe here leading to the back barn, which had developed a leak. Luckily the leak is in the foundation wall and the area will be jack-hammered to fix it from inside the basement. Fixing both these water issues will cost less than $100, which is wonderful.