O’Kane Crane Day

Yesterday was the first day we had a crane on site to help dismantle the O’Kane house frame.  I don’t think the day could have gone more smoothly, all thanks to a great crew, and crane operator Frank Donahue.

Rigging the rafters

Rigging the rafters

Rafter pair, flying.

Rafter pair, flying.

Thank you, Kendra, for all the pictures.  Check back soon for more.

2 thoughts on “O’Kane Crane Day

  1. Had a question or two I meant to ask before now re yr. O Kane house take down: First, the old split lathe you found in the O Kane house-will it go into the rebuild, or even, did you save it? If no and yes are the answers, like to take it off yr hands–for a price of course. Have a bucket of old lathe hand nails from c. 1730’s house that were saved but the lathe was thrown out. I’d like to restore the ceiling of a room using the old lathe and the nails. Second, original mantle on a c. 1760 kitchen hearth was thrown out. Anybody there who might like to reconstruct a mantle and surround using the old carpentering methods?

  2. Hi there,

    Yes, to both questions, which I think is both good and bad news: we are going to re-use the split lath when the building is rebuilt, and, yes, we have reconstructed period mantles before. We always employ traditional joinery, usually using a combination of traditional and machine methods (for instance, we use a table saw to rip boards to width). Please see our post HABS to watch out for and Yours, Gluely for a little bit of information on our most recent fireplace surround.

    Please contact Arron, PTF’s president, to talk about your projects, he is always delighted to talk with a fellow preservationist.

    Thanks for contacting us,
    Jessica MilNeil

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