Thursday, October 04, 2007

 
The truss system continues to grow and is now almost complete. The only part left to go is the big front gable that takes glass all the way up to the top of the great room ceiling--about 16 or 17 feet at the peak of the roof.

Here are the first pine planks that will be the ceiling of the great room going into place. The fir truss beams will darken with age but maintain their warm rosy color.

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We're driving straight north today up to Franconia Notch to show our guests the strongest fall leaf color we can find. Our time with them has raced by; as of today we have two and a half days left before we deliver them to Logan Saturday afternoon for the Icelandair flight back to Copenhagen.

Yesterday we spent the afternoon in Dover, NH visiting the Woodman Museum and Institute. This is a delightfully quirky museum founded in 1916 by a local lady who left $100,000, a very sizable sum in those days, to establish a first class naturalist and historical resource for the town. The local population was astonished at the gift.

She also arranged to have a massive and very rare 1675 garrison-style house transported from its hilside site where it was in grave danger of being lost to weathering, and had it hauled across town on log rollers. It was placed on a new foundation behind the two houses that contain the various collections and, in 1921, a huge gazebo was built around and over it to protect it from any further weathering.

The house is built of 8" by 16" solid oak timbers laid on top of each other and fastened by wooden pegs and dowels. The upper level and roof are lighterweight plank construction. The original musket ports are still visible in the walls and there are one or two of the original window openings which were less than a square foot in size--this is house as fortress. I don't think I've encountered anything quite like it anywhere in my travels around looking for historic old buildings. The museum's collection is a trove of researchable artifacts from a span of four centuries locally and, in the naturalist collections, world-wide. One interesting piece is a 14th century brass chainmail shirt that was dug up in a field in northern France by a World War I soldier from Dover who found it while digging a defensive trench.

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Can you guess how much I love this piece?

MP3 Maniacs Go Wild for Wagner (As In, Vahg-ner)

BY DOREE SHAFRIR
PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 2, 2007
TAGS: ARTS & CULTURE, AMAZON.COM INC., FEIST, KANYE WEST, KT TUNSTALL, MUSIC, RICHARD WAGNER, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

The most popular artists today on Amazon’s new mp3 download service are, in order:
-1. Richard Wagner
-1. The Apples in Stereo
-1. Pink Floyd
-1. Feist
-1. Radiohead
-1. Kanye West
-1. KT Tunstall
-1. The Beach Boys
-1. The Rolling Stones
-1. The Smashing Pumpkins.

New Yorker critic Alex Ross speculates that Wagner’s “phenomenal rise up the charts would seem to have something to do with the fact that the 1953 Bayreuth Ring under Clemens Krauss is being offered for $13.98.”

That may explain why Wagner’s gone from No. 9 to No. 1 in 3 days. (The only overlap between the Amazon chart and iTunes’ top 10 albums are Kanye West, who is iTunes’ No. 3, and Feist, who’s at No. 4.)

That being said, there are gobs of classical music albums offered on discount on Amazon, and Luciano Pavarotti is the only other classical artist or composer to crack Amazon’s Top 25. Does this herald a Wagner renaissance?

Comments:
The Ring has gone up to $104 with a lone reviewer giving it 1 star because it is now more expensive than buying the CD's!!

Ah, isn't capitalism a funny thing sometimes!!

Mark
 
Get this place weathered in before the weather ruins your interior wood systems.
 
Anonymous--There's no rain predicted for several days and they have a huge tarp ready to cover the pine work and trusses at the remotest hint of rain.

Mark--I'm not sure which of the 1953 RINGs it is, but if it's the Clemens Krauss, I think it's one of the best conducted performances ever and most of the cast is superb. Still, $13.99 is a lot better than $104. I wonder if he first price wasn't a huge mistake, a typo of vast proportions, and somebody realized it and raised the price.
 
WAgner?
who knew? but then i love the man's music!
 
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