As more of reproduction furnishings for the Washington house get underway, I thought I might address one of the more notable characteristics of the pieces: their feet. Anyone familiar with antique furniture has noticed the sometimes rather odd appearance of foot shapes at the end of table and chair legs. We have a variety of … Continue reading Why Were There Weird Animal Feet on 18th Century Furniture?
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Video: Building George’s House – Timber Framing in the Shop
In June, we visited Blue Ridge Timberwrights in Christiansburg, Virginia. We saw skilled craftsmen fashioning the timbers for the Washington house frame and talked with Sandy Bennett, president of Blue Ridge Timberwights. Learn more about the Washington House here and view other videos, photos, and blog posts about the project here.
Photos: Building George’s House – East Chimney
Brickmasons Ray Cannetti, Robert Hall, and Kevin Nieto recently finished building one of three chimneys for the Washington house at George Washington's Ferry Farm. Located on the house's east side and made from hand moulded brick by the Old Carolina Brick Company, this chimney is the smallest of the three. The brick-laying work took about two … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – East Chimney
Video: Building George’s House – The Cornerstone
Stonemason Ray Cannetti tells us the story behind the cornerstone of the Washington house interpretive replica being built at George Washington's Ferry Farm. Learn more about the Washington House here and view other videos, photos, and blog posts about the project here.
Building George’s House: The Foundation Stones – Splitting the Stone
Master Stonemason Ray Cannetti and his crew split large sandstone boulders into smaller pieces that will then be dressed into foundation stones for an interpretive replica of George Washington's boyhood home soon to be constructed at Ferry Farm. The George Washington Foundation has begun a multi-year venture to building this interpretive replica of the Washington house … Continue reading Building George’s House: The Foundation Stones – Splitting the Stone