After several conversations with Wayne Moore of Moore and Associates Engineering and Consulting of North Augusta, South Carolina during the fall of 2010, the New Windsor Cabinet Shop engineering drawings are complete.  Wayne did a wonderful job of taking our design ideas and developing them into a more complete and efficient design that will improve our visitor's experience.  

Below are the four elevations and floor plan that he prepared for The Living History Park.  This set of engineering drawings is the third such set that Wayne has contributed to the park. Prior to this, he produced drawings for our Colonial Barn and The Thompson Academy.  By all indications, Wayne has created yet another outstanding design that will enhance the beauty of  the park. 
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Front Elevation - View from Lake Avenue as you look West and down the hill into the park.
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Left Side Elevation - View from front entrance of the park at the Sensory Garden as you look North across the hill.
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Right Side Elevation - View from upper level of barn as you look South across the hill.
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Rear Elevation - View from service drive within the park as you look East up the hill towards Lake Avenue.

The picture of the floor plan is a bit larger to make it easier to see the details:
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Floor Plan - The 7' x 24' covered front porch and 20' x 24' shop interior will allow ample demonstration and observation space during events or provide a large enough area to host nicely sized classes throughout the year. The attached 8' x 14' ware room will allow visitors the opportunity to interact with the period furniture pieces as well as provide for a smooth flow of visitors through the shop during events.

Stay tuned and follow us as the New Windsor Cabinetmaker's Shop comes to life on the hillside of the North Augusta Living History Park!

Chris
 
With the start of the New Year we're off and running!!  Donations have been coming in and  people have been donating their time and talents to make the New Windsor Cabinetmaking Shop a reality.  

If all goes according to plan (which more than one person has told me is a bit optimistic) we will be meeting & greeting, with great merriment, all of our visitors at the new shop during our grand opening at the Colonial Times "A Day to Remember" event October 15-16, 2011.  This will be the perfect time for the Cabinetmakers shop to debut as the Olde Towne Preservation Association will be celebrating our 20th anniversary of the Colonial Times "A Day to Remember" event!

And remember, the shop is only the beginning.  There will numerous opportunities to get involved in helping support the shop as it grows.  We will need benches and tools, as well as furniture items and example pieces to seed the ware room and shop.  We'll also have opportunities for volunteers to become involved with demonstrating a whole host of colonial wood trade skills as we begin to develop the programming for the shop.  So, if you are an experienced woodworker or if you just desire to learn 18th century woodworking skills, the New Windsor Cabinetmaker's shop is the place to be.

So, follow along with us online via this blog as the shop takes shape on the hillside of the North Augusta Living History Park and join in with your questions, comments, and ideas.  

Chris