Cherish and Keep

  I have always enjoyed old things, people and places. The idea of cherishing and keeping – restoring not removing is built into my being. Heirloom fruits have been on my radar. I like the idea of fruit that has not been altered or spliced. I like that when I start to research fruits forContinue reading “Cherish and Keep”

Bait Shack Conversions

  Bait Shacks litter the Maine Islands. Some have been converted into seriously small homes or weekend getaways. My friends on Little Cranberry Island converted their bait shack years ago. Bait Shacks are¬†long shacks on piers with a huge hole in the floor. Live bait was pulled out when needed. The Avery’s bait shack now¬†housesContinue reading “Bait Shack Conversions”

My Durable Goods NY Inheritable Collection

My new Durablegoodsny.com website will be up soon. This this blog I am selling inheritable craftsmanship and objects. My inspiration for this collection comes from century’s before when people made much of their furniture out of necessity and thrift. Even though it is basic joinery – it will hopefully last a lifetime and will beContinue reading “My Durable Goods NY Inheritable Collection”

Manila Line = Nautical Madness

I have been jazzing everything up in my life with manila line for years. Partly because I own a boat and always have it around and partly because its cheap and make’s a great make do material. If and when I get around to finding the PROPER ( boring) replacement I do not feel bad,Continue reading “Manila Line = Nautical Madness”

Keeping WOODEN BOATS alive.

Keeping wooden boats floating can be daunting. There is always a problem to address and more coats of varnish to apply. Always a race to get to in to short of a time. ( most of us still sail and do not have motors big enough to get us places with out the sail up)Continue reading “Keeping WOODEN BOATS alive.”

DOOR & WINDOW RESTORATION IN THE VILLAGE

  An article I wrote for the WESTVIEW 2008 Restoring the Historic Doors of the West Village Published 06/01/2008 – 12:00 p.m. EST Entrances welcome and beckon, as well as shelter and protect. Doors are not only critical from a functional standpoint, e.g., keeping the local cats out of the kitchen, but they also makeContinue reading “DOOR & WINDOW RESTORATION IN THE VILLAGE”

LEAD PAINT REMOVAL

Some ways of removing lead paint actually increase the risk of exposure. Lead paint that is chipping or peeling needs to be removed or covered. Painted surfaces that rub on one another, such as windows and doors require attention to stop the friction that can cause dust. If your house is old you may mostContinue reading “LEAD PAINT REMOVAL”