The picture you see is us - the Restored Homestead. Visit us at www.therestoredhomestead.com. That's Holly on the left and Sherrill on the right. We started our company to save abandoned homes in New England that were built centuries ago. There are fewer and fewer of them each year and every time one of them collapses, or is burned to the ground, we lose a piece of our history - the stories of the families who helped build our country. We also lose invaluable building materials because these homes were framed with hand-hewn beams of chestnut, oak and other hardwoods that were of massive size. Builders know we can't get chestnut anymore because of the blight that hit our shores in the early part of the last century. American chestnut was such a staple of our forests and it's an incredible wood - beautifully grained, strong as oak, but more flexible. The perfect wood for building homes - google american chestnut to find out current efforts to create a hybrid to restore the tree to our forests.
We also use a local blacksmith - yup - the genuine article - to restore the wrought iron hardware that we find. We have so much fun with him - if you go to our site www.therestoredhomestead.com you can see him in action. He loves working with us because we bring him the real stuff to restore - and some pieces that he has rarely seen, such as pewter handled door latches.
We have a passion for what we do, and would be happy to answer any questions - or help you find the answers if we don't know them!