Under Construction, Literally!

Well, when we first created this page on our new website, we had page under construction, but now the actual Carpentry Shop is under construction. This past summer, one of our new volunteers, URI Anthropology student Rich Buckley III, became enamored with the Carpentry Shop and our desire to revamp the exhibit building. Central to this re-imagining was making the shop more accessible and engaging for all ages. First task was to become acquainted with the building and discover why the floor, in the front right corner in particular, was tilting. Unfortunately, we discovered that the entire floor system of the building was completely rotten. This has since required us to remove everything from the building and find space to store the artifacts temporarily.

This was no easy task, but Rich and Rob Gitry, another new volunteer, pulled it off. On November 3rd, volunteers, Rich, Mark Gagnon, and Erran Sousa dismantled the entire carpentry barn floor, and local builder Dave Baud, a friend of the museum came buy to give us advice on fixing the building. Have we mentioned how much we love our volunteers!

So keep an eye on this page, for coming soon will be demo pictures and then hopefully soon construction pictures! A first estimate of replacing the floor is $6000-$8000. We would greatly appreciate any assistance, financial or material, to help us bring the vision of our new carpentry workshop to fruition.