My earlier post (read it here) showed period hardware that was found at a unique shop I was taken to a few weeks back. If you are wondering about the cost of the William & Mary drawer pull that was in the photo, it is $300. Enough pulls for a six-drawer chest can easily be found at this shop. Anyone have a spare $3600?
While I don’t want to divulge the exact location of the shop , that will come tomorrow , I’ll tell you that I was teaching at Acanthus Workshops in Pennsylvania.
During most classes, Chuck Bender (the force behind Acanthus and a Popular Woodworking Magazine author) takes the class on a field trip , ours ventured into West Chester, PA. Not wanting to lead you to believe that the only items found at this shop are hardware, I thought it best to show other items of interest.
Above is a photo of several period shutters. This is one grouping of several found on site. You can find fixed-louver designs and both raised-panel and flat panel shutters, all taken from period houses before demolition.
Staying with woodwork, check out the collection of period mantels. Included is a particular mantel (shown below) that is referred to as “snakes and flowers”. It’s believed that this mantel’s designed was based on a Civil War battle flag found in Nottoway County Virginia. (The flag may have been carried during the battle of Gettysburg.) The mantel is made from yellow pine and who knows how many coats of paint.
Check back tomorrow and I’ll give you the name of the shop and a couple more interesting stories guaranteed to make you smile.
– Glen D. Huey