Wow! The exterior of the Shop has dramatically transformed over the past week as we push to finish in time for our Colonial Times "A Day to Remember" event on October 14-16, 2011.  We now have paint, windows, doors and siding.  
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Painting the 16 windows turned out to be quiet a daunting task. While several folks like Ding and Pam pitched in to help, the vast majority of the work was completed by Lynn. THANK YOU LYNN!
A special thanks to Will Steele of Victor Bilt for the special pricing on the windows and doors.  The craftsmanship of their products are fitting for our shop and their generosity helped make the Shop a  reality.
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The dormer windows going in.
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The Wareroom door is being installed and the upper retaining wall has been started. Check out how good the siding, trim and window look on the side wall.
The siding product we selected for cost, maintenance, and aesthetic reasons was a concrete based product.  Philip Shivel of Lansing Building Products negotiated with James Hardie USA/Canada for special consideration in the purchase of their Colorplus HardiePlank siding & trim.
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WOW!!! The blue siding is simply the most perfect color!
Inside the Shop we are adding a spectacular detail that is not only beautiful but also functions to hold the walls together.   
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I must confess. I was not in favor of adding these overhead beams as I did not want to take away from the openness of the room and have the beams cast shadows from the dormers above. All I can say is the I was wrong and the beams are AWESOME!
Ok... Ok... OK!  Yes, we are an 18th Century Cabinetmaker's shop.  And, No, electricity was not a part of an 18th Century structure unless something had gone enormously wrong.  So then, why am I about to show you pictures of people wiring the Shop with electricity? 

From the outset, the vision for the New Windsor Cabinet Shop was one of a venue for both 18th Century and 21st Century events.  A space to demonstrate the historic wood trades of a bygone era and a place to host and embrace modern day working.  You could do the former both then and now but the latter can only be done now and often times requires a plug.  :-)

Check out the Classes tab on the website.  We will be offering period skill and project classes  as well as present day classes.  Have no fear, if you can see the electrical outlets you are in a modern day class.  If you are in a period class, whats an outlet!
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Master Electrician, Eric Presnell, of Aiken Augusta Security System, lead the effort to install the electrical in the Shop. Once again, Eric has donated his professional services to wire the Shop just like he did in 2009 during the construction of the Barn.
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Lydia Presnell, Eric's wife, stopped by to help pull wire.
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Mr. Zippler installing outlet boxes.
This week we received a helping hand from both local and national companies.  This project simply would not have been possible without the support of these organizations.  My thanks to each of the following companies for without their help and the help of other companies and individuals like them, the Shop would still be a dream in my head.   You can click on many of the logos and link directly to their websites.
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Victor Bilt, provider of windows and doors.
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Lansing Building Products, provider of exterior siding and trim.
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James Hardie, provider of exterior siding and trim.
Another great week of progress.  

Chris



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