HMM Board president Burr Hubbell does windows…and tells us about a unique find on Hubbell Family Farms.
Here at Hanford Mills, Kevin Jensen is working on windows too. He set up a workshop in the Hardware Store. The large window is from the sawdust room in the Mill.
“And speaking of Milling Around,” says Burr, “look what was found while cleaning up a collapsed building, a nearly complete old cider press.”
Burr says the cider press was found by his niece Casey Mudge and her husband. The plan is to restore/rebuild it to working order. All of the equipment was there, apple elevator, grinder, racks, forms, etc. Also found was a very early Kneeland single cylinder vertical gasoline engine, which still runs. Maybe we will see these one day at the Antique Engine Jamboree?
Burr Hubbell, president of the Board of Trustees of Hanford Mills Museum, shared a few projects with us.
“Back in March, I made an Irish Soda bread, baked in a cast iron frying pan in the oven of the coal-fired Kalamazoo stove.”
The Royal Bride Cook Stove in the Hanford House can use either coal or wood as fuel.
“In April, the project was building a cold frame to start some early greens. The cold frame is in front of the “Cornell Approved” Chicken Coop. The chickens really ‘got into it’. They liked the way it warmed the dirt.”
“Got the sides on, filled it with compost and dirt, planted, and of course we got a little snow.”
After a while it finally warmed up, and by the end of May the cold frames were full of greens.