O’Kane Notebook I

We’ve begun in earnest the dismantling of the O’Kane House, in Durham, NH.  It began with a training day with John Butler, a photographer and carpenter who has worked with us on a number of museum de-installations.  He showed us how to remove trim without damaging the surface using a variety of softwood wedges, and…

Yours Gluely

The Hill fireplace is nearing completion.  From the outset, this project has been among our most rewarding.   We designed the panelled wall using HABS drawings from a house built by the father of the builder of this house.  Knowing that the design is grounded in historical precedent lends the project a sense of purpose greater than that…

HABS to Watch Out For

Tomorrow we embark on the building of the Hill fireplace.  The Hill house is a turn of the 19th century farmhouse, with all the attendant revisions and additions.  The owner wants to restore her fireplace to reflect the time period it was built and the building trends in her region. Through her own research, she…

Windows on the Workbench

Allow me, for a moment, to wax about about windows:  They are the eyes to a building’s soul.  The transom light above  a Yankee barn door and the triple-hung sash in a meetinghouse facade help to distinguish a building, or relate it to its peers.  Even when dismantling the most decrepit of barns, we are…

Lebanon Barn Coming in for the Finish

A few months back, we disassembled a barn in Lebanon, Maine.  Since then, we took the pieces back to the shop, repaired what we could, and re-designed the rest.  This Spring, we assembled the frame using original and remade pieces, and Shawn and his crew have been busy hanging the cornice. Click on the photos…