Sunday, June 5, 2011

jasper's door

A few weeks ago this was a tree. It stood on Brett's land, near his log cabin, and it was a pine. But Brett cut it down, and using his portable mill, turned that fallen tree into planks and post. With some tools, hardware, and his time and effort: he created this door which he delivered and installed Friday. Come the first snowfall it will take me back in time. I traded it for a ram.

I think it's the prettiest thing I own. Thank you.

31 Comments:

Blogger Odie Langley said...

It is awesome Jenna

June 5, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It floors me that some people can make things this way today.

June 5, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger mandy_farmer said...

Most important;y, Jasper will love it. :)

June 5, 2011 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Junque said...

Very Cool! And I love that you traded for it.

June 5, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

I love dutch doors - in our first house, where our son was born, we had the door to the basement, which also led to the outside, made into a dutch door so the little guy wouldn't tumble down the stairs but we could still leave the back door open for a nice breeze. They always remind me of those early years and much fun that house was.

June 5, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Amazing. I love it! Wouldn't it be cool to burn its story into the back of it? "Made by Brett Farmer, from his pine tree on Makeitup Hill. Cost one baby ram."

Maybe a hundred years from now, someone will cherish it almost as much.

June 5, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I love Flartus' idea. I think it is beautiful. Our old neighbor had a dutch door and I really wished I had one in my old house. You are so lucky to have so many skilled friends willing to help you make your dreams come true.

June 5, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Jenna - this looks amazing. I love the idea of burning the story into it!
What is a portable mill? What type does he have...how much does something like that cost?

June 5, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Fantastic. Jasper will love this come winter.

June 5, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Impressive and I love Flartus' idea. I also love this community.

June 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

No- the prettiest thing you own is Jasper. But that is indeed a handsome door, alright.

Good for you for bartering a trade!

June 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger jim said...

i think the prettiest thing Jenna owns is the 3 pups, but a baby anything is tough to beat. Push on girl, each small step is in the right direction

June 5, 2011 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger jim said...

how about a little prservative near the door bottom to protect it from rotting-[ pine is a soft wood] and then maybe you'll get your hundred years from it cheers

June 5, 2011 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I will give it some stain, or paint it red. I hope it lasts a good while. Thanks all for the kind words!

June 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

It amazes me, too, that folks still make things like this… and that you have landed yourself in an area where you can actually find those crafty, skillful folk!

The farm that I grew up on had an old barn with a Dutch door… they are wonderful. You'll love it!

June 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger steak and eggs said...

What a beautiful door. Your friend Brett really did a great job. Thank you Jenna for sharing such a lovely picture.

June 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Axeboy said...

Hi Jenna,
Thanks for the kind words, although there are plenty of places and creatures on your property much prettier than the door. I must confess, I was hoping to forge the hardware, but I ran out of time. Ram #9 is doing quite well… he and Trapper Dog even appear to be fond of one another. /Brett

June 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

The old skills still survive in areas that are called poverty stricken by urbanites - hurray for subsistence livelihoods!!

June 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

SO cute! (are doors cute?) I can't wait to see a photo of Jasper looking out his new door.

June 5, 2011 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger judy said...

The house I grew up in that my dad build had a dutch door-just watching out it made me feel warm all over.Just think,people are still making use of their skills, awesome.

June 5, 2011 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Sweet. Gotta love the barter system.

June 5, 2011 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Choose wisely with your choice of preservative, I would rather replace the door (even as nice as it is) every ten years than lose a horse. When horses get bored they chew, some even when they are not bored. Also once you put some chemicals into that wood, you own those chemicals forever. I would go with boiled linseed oil or latex paint at most. Maybe your ridding instructor has a good suggestion.

I don't use preservatives around my horses, just replace wood as needed.

June 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I'm glad to hear that #9 made the trip safely... I still can't believe he almost cleared the top of your crate >.<

June 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger jim said...

i agree with cj about the preservative-thats why i said put it at the bottom or ground contact area- pine will weather to a nice gray barn board color over a couple years. Horses do and will chew sometimes and we need to keep Jasper healthy.

June 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger enchantedacres said...

I love your door!!! And Flartus' idea!

June 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Jenna, I need to get in touch with your friend Brett. I may need him if he is intereted.

June 5, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
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June 5, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Drummond Farms Alpacas and Woolens said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. You are so lucky to have the friends that you do, and they are so very lucky that you are their friend in return. That is what makes life so great, the blessings of friends and family.

June 5, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

stunning work Brett, congrats Jenn on making your barn a home for your dream horsey! :)

June 6, 2011 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Love Jasper's new door. It reminds me when I was eighteen years old ( a l...o...n...g time ago) and the two things I swore I'd have when I got married: a dutch door and a hutch for china. Fast forward forty-seven years and I still don't have either one. But, I have a great marriage of forty-seven years and a house that the two of us built from trees we cut on our property. We literally felled the trees, hewed the logs, built a log house, milled and planed our floors, drystacked a stone chimney, and built all the doors and windows in our house. It has been the most awesome thing I've ever done (except birthing two kids).

Thanks for the smiles you generated on my face today.

Diane in North Carolina

June 6, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger aerogramme said...

nice work ... you might want to put a stronger lock on it to ensure that the door stay closed

June 6, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

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