Once completed, the New Windsor Shop will perch on the upper hillside overlooking the central green of the park.  I've walked that hill so much, I've worn ruts in the land trying to figure out where the Shop should sit, envisioning what it will be like, and daydreaming about all the adventure that will be enjoyed within the walls of this place.  

This week, we took the first tangible steps towards construction - we set stakes on the hillside to layout where the Shop will sit.


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This is a shot of Mike Gibson driving in the first stake. Mike is the Gate Keeper at the park and does a tremendous amount to contribute to the daily running of the park.
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Lynn Thompson and I are laying out the lower wall of the wareroom. Lynn is the President of the Olde Towne Preservation Association. No one has done more over the past 20 years to promote, grow, and develop the park. She has been very supportive and encouraging over the past two years as plans for the Shop have evolved.
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Here I am explaining to my wife, Joanne, the location of the wood stove and more importantly the place where she will oversee all that transpires within the Shop. Trust me, she runs a tight ship!
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Ahhhhh... one of the most beautiful views in the country... truly sacred ground.

Once the stakes were set, Mike found some string and flagging in the Livery to finish the job.  I walked around within the boundary we had established as though the floor was down, the walls were up, and roof was above my head... lets see... 243 days and counting, October will be here before we know it... All of a sudden, this is becoming very real.


Chris
 
"Huzzah" is an old English expression of achievement or joy that was in common use in Colonial times.   It seems quite fitting to convey my excitement and appreciation for the outpouring of financial and in-kind support that has been given or pledged to the construction of the New Windsor Cabinetmaker's Shop with a resounding Wahoo and Huzzah!

It has been especially gratifying to see the diversity of the sources of the donations.  The Zippler, Schleier (thanks Mom & Dad) and White families all made significant cash donations during the annual Olde Towne Preservation Association member dinner this past December 2010 and at the Gaming night in January 2011.  Since fundraising efforts commenced in October of 2009, honorarium donations have been received  from The Woodworker's Guild of Georgia, The North Georgia State Fair Flower Show and A. Brian Merry Elementary School in Augusta, GA.  In April 2010, Colonial Chair Company hosted a Windsor Chairmaking class in the Barn at the park and donated all proceeds to the New Windsor Cabinet Shop construction fund.  Several other individuals have come forward to make cash donations. Lastly, we have pledges for numerous local Augusta/North Augusta businesses to contribute significant materials, services, or labor towards the completion of the shop.

All-in-all, people are coming together across South Carolina and Georgia on many levels and in many ways to build momentum towards completing the Shop structure.  Hip Hip Huzzah!!!

Chris