Craftsmanship is Alive and Well at Dow Farm

Who says they don’t make it like that anymore? This turned and shaped corner trim was created in 2018 as part of a new bathroom in the style of the 1880s. I posted a photo of the nearly completed bathroom earlier today. It is in Dow Farm, an 18th century house with 19th century additions that never had indoor plumbing until the 1980s. This bathroom is replacing that first bathroom in a more compatible style. A skilled craftsperson or even determined home-owner can usually create anything that was created historically if they put in the time to learn how. Some tasks have a steeper learning curve than others and some require significant practice to become good at.

Dow Farm is one of the 13 featured homes in Restoring Your Historic House, The Complete Guide for Homeowners. Read about the 40+ year restoration of this property and the unique partnership between a young man with a passion for preservation and the family that has owned the farm since the early 19th century which resulted in the farm being saved and restored.

The 720-page hardcover book was released in December and has been enthusiastically embraced by old house lovers across the country. It is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers (it is currently 34% off list price on Amazon! http://ow.ly/N7ba50y4PS). Signed copies are available directly from the author on this site.

Your local bookstore can order copies from their W.W. Norton rep.

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