These are a couple of boathouses along the winding Jones River in Kingston, Mass. They once made for a nice launch and hauling-up for small boats. A few years ago, MLB Restorations rehabbed the house to the east.
Now, we’ve come to work on her westerly sister.
It’s a simple structure, built in the early part of the last century. Sills, plates, shingles, doors and windows are all on the menu.
Whenever there’s sill or plate work, Pret isn’t far behind.
Two jacks beat a full house.
We went up a few feet with the first cribbing pile.
We’ll first lift the roof off of the frame a few inches in order to replace soft portions of the wall plate.
As always, we are distracted by interesting finds in old buildings:
There were several pieces of slate, some of which had been carved with numbers and lamb’s tongues. Maybe someone had once used the boathouse to moonlight as a gravestone-maker.
We also put the slate to good use…
…making a cut-list…
…for our friends at Gurney’s Saw Mill:
There were also external distractions, like the commuter train rolling through Kingston a few hundred feet down river.
While we were taking out sashes and window frames…
…we saw evidence of hand-work. Below is a rough-trimming of a window opening with what appears to have been a hatchet, complete with stop cuts:
The phragmites, though invasive, are nice enough to look at this time of year.
And the staccato announcements of a territorial kingfisher reminded us of why this area and its history are worth preserving.
Ye ricke of woode
A long time ago, in a blogosphere far far away, I wrote about circular woodpiles in The Riven Word. These “rickes of woode” inspired several readers to make their own, including my friend John Wolf:
According to John, Stella (pictured above) owns the truck and I assume, does most of the work. John takes nice pictures though! Thanks for sharing, John.