2010 was ages ago! For many months I took on the role of doting handyman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for my dear friend Gaynor and her two ageless Siamese cats, Oyster and Sosumi (named by an attorney). I was connected to Gaynor through the eccentric artist and conservation botanist Bill Moye, who some readers are bound to know.
I have chosen a couple of highlight projects, with photos furnished by resident Williamsburg woodworker Japheth March. In addition to the projects below I repaired furniture, doors, frames, windows, sills, screens, storm windows, sheds and sculptures; installed AC units in both vinyl and wood window openings; installed industrial metal shelving; replaced a vintage mail slot and light fixtures; weatherproofed a neighbor's faulty retaining wall; insulated the rear wall of the building adjacent to the mechanical room; cleared ancient doors, paint cans, debris and small corpses from the back yard; planted and transplanted various plants; and performed quite a few other sundry tasks . . .
Neither of these projects made use of reclaimed material. Unfortunately, time does not always allow for us to be choosy about the wood we use. Now that I have a little workshop, I am on the lookout for wood to reclaim for use in future endeavors. If you run across wasting wood in Asheville, please let me know!
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EDIT: outdoor projects are heavily treated with Japheth's patented secret blend of Turpentine and Linseed Oil.