…of The Riven Word while wondering what our beloved NE Patriots ever did to Bernard Pollard…
Run of the Mill
Plimoth Plantation is running a grist mill!
The Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill reconstructed on the original 17th century site along Plymouth’s Town Brook. The mill stones have been tuned and the various moving parts have been tweaked. Join us in welcoming the wonderful, talented, and intrepid Kim Van Wormer as she manages the mill and prepares to grind organic stone-ground corn meal and grits (samp) while interpreting the history and technology of an operational grist mill. Kim will be blogging about her grist and grind and we’ll post a link to her blog once it’s up and running. There are some intriguing stories which have already come out of this venture and this promises to be a fascinating experience. The Riven Word will keep you posted. Grind on, Kim–Harry Hornblower would be proud!
Our own Mark Atchison has been published in the September issue of The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association magazine. His article: “William Palmer–An English Nailmaker in New England” is richly detailed, researched, and illustrated. It’s a perfect representation of the seamless blending of traditional and experiential research we strive to achieve here. For information on how to join EAIA and read Mark’s article, visit their website: http://www.earlyamericanindustries.org/
And while we’re the subject of blacksmiths, The Riven Word welcomes new blacksmith apprentice Matthew “Mateo” Brault to the artisans. Matt comes to us from Bay End Farm where he’s been toiling organically for the last couple of years. Welcome aboard, Matt! We’d like to put in an order for 500 free-range, organic nails please…
The Saw Wright
Peter Follansbee brought around a special guest the other day: Matt Cianci, aka The Saw Wright. Matt is a true saw doctor who sharpens and repairs vintage saws. As Matt explained the provenance, value, and general condition the saw pictured above, Peter and I felt as though we were in an episode of Antiques Roadshow. Peter has had several of his own saws worked on by Matt. You can learn more about Matt and his great work by checking out his web site: http://www.thesawwright.com/
Thanks for making a house call, doctor!
A Dutch rick of wood?
Thanks to the keen observation of the fabulous Kelley Araujo, we may have found another image of a rick of firewood. Our posts on this method of storing and seasoning firewood brought us to many places, and maybe this is another log to throw on the fire. Behind the coal being unladen, after the Providence Bruins warming up on ice, there’s a circular mound between two buildings in the center of the blue circle. Could this be a wood rick? Is it associated with either of the two buildings? It looks proportionately plausible. Thanks Hendrick and Kelley!
Back in September, we took a little stroll through some of the building history at Plimoth Plantation in Letting The Days Go By. In that post, we said that our cratchet-framed forge was the first large-scale building made in that style. We were wrong! Rob Tarule set me straight:
“…in ’84 or so we made the cowhouse behind Billington. Not only was it cratchet, but we made the roof on the ground and lifted it onto the cratchets one morning before opening with a bunch of hands. The exercise was based on an article in Vernacular Architecture by Freddie Charles, an architect who specialized in saving things like tithe barns.”
Thanks Rob. It’s always good to hear from you and we are looking forward to more collaboration with you.
*Dan Shaughnessy, longtime sportswriter for The Boston Globe, periodically writes a column full of random sports observations called, Picked Up Pieces. It’s a series of pithy vignettes which, taken as a whole, present a larger picture of the local sports and cultural scene. The title is taken from John Updike’s 1975 book of the same name. In that spirit, The Riven Word presents its own version of random moments and events which have occupied our figurative desktops recently.