Acworth meetinghouse crane

Kitchen of the Community

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance recently released an inspiring video about the restoration of the Acworth Meetinghouse. Built by Elias Carter in 1821, the Acworth Meetinghouse, with its double lantern spire, is a masterful representation of historic building craft. In 2008, the steeple and undercarriage were repaired by local craftspeople trained and supervised by PTF in techniques unique to steeple repair,…

Arbor line

Arbor Days

Arbor Day is everyday down at iFarm this spring.  Brian and Shawn have been building an arbor that will support fruiting vines, like arctic kiwi, on this permaculture farm.  Serpentine in layout, the arbor is constructed from black locust saplings with simple half-lap joinery on full-round material.  Black locust is a choice species for use…

Demeritt-O'Kane House

NH EXPOnential Success

The NH Old House and Barn Expo was a great success.  To be honest, I expected what I’d seen at other “old home” trade shows: booths hawking fiberglass steeples and plastic decking.  Instead, I was inspired by the level of craftsmanship and care on exhibit.  Sometimes it can feel like we are alone in the wilderness,…

Church on the Hill - Maine Steeples Project

Maine Steeples Project

The Maine Steeples Project provides crucial support to the communities that are preserving Maine’s most iconic structures.  A collaborative effort of Maine Preservation, the Maine Community Foundation, and a donor-advised fund, the foundation matches community-raised funds and provides professional guidance.  From their newly-updated website: The Maine Steeples Project supports local efforts to assess and restore…