This lidded vessel is the third in a series made with wood salvaged from a 100-year-old barn near Frederick, MD
The lid pull is an antique hand-cut nail extracted from a massive support beam salvaged from a century-old house in Maryland. The beam and the nails share about the same working age.
You never know what you’re going to get when someone offers “free wood”. In this case, we traveled to the location of a recently disassembled barn thinking we might need to make several trips with the pickup. When we examined the piles of wood, it was clear very little would be salvageable.
What few pieces of the barn were solid enough to withstand the rigors of turning, proved better than we expected. Chips, nail wounds and staining could be considered defects, but we think they preserve this history and long decades of labor the old oak endured.
This vessel’s functional internal capacity is about one cup. We can only guess how much history it holds.