Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

The 160-Year-Old Weather Report

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

The 160-Year-Old Weather Report

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In the early 1980s, I dismantled a three-bay carriage shed that once stood behind a church in Norwell, Massachusetts, and reconstructed it on my property in Hanson, Massachusetts. I added doors to the left bay with the intention of setting up a small blacksmith shop in that bay. I obtained a quantity of bricks from a friend who was restoring a large Italianate-style Victorian house and had removed a chimney. These bricks were to be used as a floor in the blacksmith shop.

Well, as often happens, the left bay became a storage area for close to thirty years, until 2009, when I finally made the time to empty it out, put in the brick floor, and set up my blacksmith shop. (Did I mention that I tend to procrastinate?)

The pile of bricks, in the meantime, had settled themselves in the dirt and leaves behind the carriage shed. I needed to clean them off, as I wanted to place the best side up, and at the same time I wanted to watch for any bricks that might have a manufacturer's name moulded into the brick.

I established a routine of digging out a wagon load, carting them around to the shop, and cleaning them off with a stiff brush before placing them. …

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