Dan Shaughnessy, longtime sportswriter for The Boston Globe, periodically writes a column full of random sports nuggets and observations called, Picked Up Pieces. It’s sort of a mental desk-cleanup–a series of pithy vignettes which, taken as a whole, present a larger picture of the local sports and cultural scene. In that spirit, The Riven Word presents its own version of random moments and events which have occupied our figurative desktops this summer:
The contrast between the heartwood and the sapwood on these 8-year-old white oak clapboards really stood out the other day. They’re also weathering a different hue of gray than other clapboards in the pilgrim village. Every oak tree’s a little different.
Like some Santa Claus gone horribly wrong, Michael went UP the Fuller House chimney the other morning (below) in order to replace a patch of mortar which had fallen out.
Here’s an inside look at one of our lofts which is rarely seen by our guests. It’s also one of my favorite parts of our recreated village. The clapboards were once the end of Winslow’s one-room cottage; now they’re facing the interior of his added parlor. This space–narrow, dark, and reeking of woodsmoke–simply puts forth a 17th-century vibe. I think we got this one right.
All of Plimoth Plantation’s guest-facing staff have been particularly stoic and professional this summer. Through heat wave after heat wave, they have patiently and enthusiastically met the varied needs of our guests who come from near and far. And special props to those who toil in canvas and leather for a living– they do the little things (like sweeping out the morning’s tire tracks) which bring our museum to life.
The rain brings the whet. We try to keep up with the need for tool maintenance as the season rolls along. The pilgrim village really is a harsh environment for an edge tool.
In the summer months, weeding and tending the maize was among the chiefest labors in 1627 Plimoth. Our corn ground is high maintenance in any century, and it takes a dedicated effort on the part of Norah and the interpretive staff to keep it thriving.
Earlier this summer, Mark led a session on mowing hay. The gang was taught some of the fundamentals of mowing and basic scythe maintenance. Such work, along with the cultivation of maize and husbandry of our animals, further emphasize Plimoth’s agricultural beginnings.
Building and maintaining a period timber-framed house isn’t just sexy layout and joint-cutting. Don’t let em fool ya.
Sometimes we need to jump into the muck with both feet to keep a house operational. Here, Michael “kneads” a simple clay mortar with his feet in in order to fix the broken wall panel below:
Mark and Alex recently dug up last year’s charcoal from the pit:
The coal is screened, bagged and hauled away to storage for use in our village forge. We’ll be making more this September.
We went on a cutting trip to our favorite cranberry bog the other day to get small straight saplings. We needed sways (rods) to hold thatch for some repair work. Here’s what we saw on our way out:
Peter Arenstam is not only responsible for the care and upkeep of a very high maintenance square-rigged icon, The Mayflower II, but he’s also a published children’s book author with a new book on the way: The Mighty Mastiff of The Mayflower debuts at the Town Pier out in front of Mayflower II this Saturday, July 28th from 1-4pm. The event is free and open to all.
A week from Saturday, The Dinghys, a great local band made up of several former pilgrims and featured in an earlier post http://blogs.plimoth.org/rivenword/?p=1637 will be playing at The Tavern at the End of the World in Charlestown, MA on Saturday, August 4th @9pm Come out and support some outstanding local music if you’re in the area.
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