In this day of throwaway and disposables, sometimes I’m reminded of how precious the handmade and recycled objects of our lives can be. This old house is over 135 years old. The early homesteaders were very frugal and made the most of what they had.
Here you can see the sandstone stoop for our back porch. Although sandstone hardens with exposure to the air, eventually it will wear down. In this area, worn out sandstone stoops are turned over to extend their lives.
Here is a photo of an old sheet which received some very fine mending. Would anyone do that today? I doubt it.
This is a photo of a broken / cracked window. Instead of having it replaced, a second sheet of glass, probably from another broken pane, was cemented to this one.
The door to the upstairs attic of my studio has a hand-carved wooden lock and uses some kind of turned wood for a knob.
Sometimes living with the past makes one think more about the things we take for granted in our lives today. Next time you’re thinking of tossing something, give some consideration if it can be reused or recycled.