A rest stop for woodworkers
I took some time off over the July 4th weekend so that my wife and I could take the kids on their first real camping trip, in the White mountains of New Hampshire. I dislike paying to drive on public roads, so instead of taking the Mass turnpike over to I-93 to get up there, I took a left in Hartford and went up I-91. What a pleasant surpise awaited me.
I’d never been to Vermont before, and I must say it is a beautiful state. I-91 was a very nice drive with little traffic. One of the highlights in VT was the welcome center in VT, where I stopped to get a VT road map. By the time I made it back to the car with a map, my wife and kids had decided to get out and look around (I think the bake sale going on outside the welcome center had something to do with their decision!). I’m glad they did. Their desire to explore (when don’t small children want to explore?) gave me the chance to look around the welcome center a bit more.
My fellow editor Tom McKenna wrote about the outside not to long ago, so I’ll just cover the inside. And what an inside it is. Most noticeable is the wonderful post and beam construction used. There are some massive timbers involved and they are wonderfully put together. But the real treat for me was the the custom furniture made by VT furniture makers. There was a lovely china hutch and a great table with chairs. I didn’t take pictures of them, but I will get a few later this month, when I go back to the White mountains for some backpacking. I’ll post them then.
If you’re ever on I-91 heading into VT, stop at the welcome center in Guilford and have a look around.
Nice pegs. It's somewhat hard to see in this picture, but all of the joints have pegs that were left at least 1/2 in. proud.
Nice bench. The maker of this Shaker-style bench wasn't identified, but is was comfortable nonetheless.
Gracefully aged. It's fitting that a post and beam skeleton should support well-worn verticle clapboards.