Friday, February 4, 2011

vermonners': a field trip

We spent today checking out local woodworkers and a few mills in the area. We made it to the enormous 'breeding' barn at Shelburne Farm. The barn took 12 years to build and was completed in 1902. A Mr. William Seward wanted to obtain the fastest horse so he figured he needed to breed many horses and in order to do so he had to have the largest barn. Henry Ford had the car out before he finished in 1902. 

Beeken and Parsons woodshop inside the farm barn, just east of the breeding barn. 

A couple of the chairs they've designed with a lot of character wood:

A piece of tiger maple.

The breeding barn - had the feel of a cathedral. 

Tom Lathrop is the one man you should be buying hardwood from if your within driving distance to Bristol, VT. He is extremely passionate about what he does, knows quite a lot about wood through working with it for over 40 years, a talker, and a jovial man. He occasionally will remind me of David Koechner.

This here is Lathrop's lumber measuring stick. It measures in the quarter inch and determines the board feet of a given board. And, just your typical band saw - foot and a half wide x 62 feet long.

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