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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Bits and Pieces and a Door




The "glass" is in the Dutch doors, and the two little L-shaped items in the foreground are the lever door handles of tarnished "brass"; actually, they were made of a slice of dowel and a piece of wood, with paint to make them look somewhat like brass. In my memory, Dutch door handles were always of the lever of the thumb lever type, I have no memory of round door knobs at all!

The log will have a hefty slice taken off, and become the cylinder for the little 2-burner gas cooker on which factory staff can heat water for tea or coffee. The round wooden item with bits of brass tubing is destined to become the top of this gas cylinder. And I did finish a tool, the T-shaped item, which is a pre-borer type of tool used to start hollowing out the quarter section of log that will become a wooden shoe. The other tool-like thing is the spade handle; I have to cut some heavier aluminum plate to make the blade for the spade, which belongs with the wood-stove; it is used to shovel the ash out.

When I was a kid in The Netherlands, we used to use coal ash from the living room hearth on slippery walkways, much as we use sand or grit these days. Waste not, want not! 

 

5 comments:

  1. I love the door. The color is so pretty!

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    1. That shade of green was pretty traditional for Dutch doorways when I was a kid, Sheila. Nowadays there are far more choices! Back in the 40s and 50's, most Dutch people lived in the equivalent of council housing, like they had in the U.K.

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  2. The door came out great and the tools are unbelievably realistic looking! You are making such great progress on the project!

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  3. Hoi Marijke, Het ziet er goed uit. Op oude gebouwen kom je in Nederland inderdaad geen ronde deurknoppen tegen. Vrijwel altijd wordt er een hefboom klink (niet de echte naam) of een klink met een deurkruk gebruikt.

    Huibrecht

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    1. Ik heb het dus goed onthouden, Huibrecht! Bedankt...Soms moet ik er wel over nadenken, ik ben al meer dan zestig jaren in Canada.Ons huis in Maastricht was van voor de eerste wereld-oorlog, en dat kan ik me nog goed onthouden. Het is zo'n tien jaren geleden of meer afgebroken, en een hele nieuwe buurt daar gebouwd. Mijn huis hier heeft Nederlandse klinken, veel gemakkelijker als je een deur open moet maken terwijl je handen vol zijn!

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