My sisters and I inherited our paternal grandparents homestead, and it’s in a state of deterioration, to say the least. The house is starting to fall in on itself, the garages and barns are not much better. It’s hard to watch the progression of decay, but there is nothing that can be done to reverse it.
I have, however, begun to create stuff with what I find there. There’s quite an abundance of old weathered wood, and it seems that every time I go there, I find something new to take home. To some it might look like trash, but to me it’s more like treasure.
Look at these awesome shell-like hinges! These were taken off the chicken coop! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet, but they won’t be wasted.
I find it very interesting how items that were created or used for practical uses on the farm are now considered chic in our modern homes. I’m sure the lovely ladies and gents of that generation just shake their heads at what we do with old hinges and barnwood.
Which brings up the question, what am I going to do with this stuff? I honestly don’t know for sure. I created a piece which was simply strips of the old wood glued together onto a 2’x2′ board. I was going to sell it but decided to keep it, I just like it too much. Perhaps I can make more of that type of thing.
I went out yesterday and gathered more wood which is always an adventure. These old abandoned buildings could be homes for some critters that I don’t want to meet. Ufff! But this morning I took my findings to the driveway with the hose and scrub brush to remove years of bird poop, mouse droppings and whatever else might be attached. I end up with some pretty cool looking wood.
I think what I’m looking forward to is that sudden burst of creative energy that will turn this old wood into something really awesome. So is this stuff trash or treasure? I’m thinking treasure!