I love woodworking, heirloom quality woodworking. In my mind, that’s small things in oak and walnut. Carpentry?Not so much. But, when our 10’x40’ front porch began to sink on its footings and crack plaster inside our 1925 home, my wife and I were called out.
With a contractor to arrange the really heavy stuff, we began demolition in May 2011. No sympathy sought, work progressed until August 6 when Causalty Notification Officers crossed our porch. Our son was a Chinook Helicopter Crew Chief deployed to Aghanistan. He was among the 30 Americans, Army Guard crew members and Navy Seals, killed on a special ops mission. Suffice to say, freedom isn’t free.
Work resumed in my garage shop during the winter. Eighty-six year old, cedar columns were cut to size and restored. Porch skirting and column trim were designed and built. Here is my photojournal of our work and progress to date. Ahead: finish the last three columns, design and build craftsmen style railings, and some final trim work.
Our progress? My wife? I am a very lucky man. She’s been very hard working, get ‘er done, full partner. Not to mention a crazy, cute, unpredictable, fun, riot to be around. (Find the picture of her smoking a cigar and threatening me with “wood” hardener.)
Finally. please notice the American flag we flew from our porch on the 4th of July? It was given to us by an Army Sgt. with the stipulation that we fly it. That flag was taken in a backpack on every mission flown during two deployments, Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been under enemy fire countless times. We love and revere what is has been through and what it stands for.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.