I once received a call from a man who had sold salvage rights to an old house that he had on his farm. The buyer of those rights had come in and extracted the highly-valued, easily-removed items including… the mantles, flooring, interior doors and locks, and the wainscoting… and then left the rest for the farmer to burn down.
I would say this is the case in half the calls I’ve gotten over the years. There is no shortage of individuals seeking to salvage for the sake of the easy materials and the quick money, and only a few who are interested in preserving the individual house and it’s history.
I would have loved to have rebuilt this old gal just like she was… but I didn’t have that option. But her frame, dating to the 1830’s was mighty fine, so I worked out a salvage purchase price for the abandoned shell and dug in, knowing that a client would soon appear wanting something just like this.
And none appeared.
So, I accepted this as destiny, that it was at long last, after many years, time to build my dream wood-working shop.
Originally posted 2015-06-04 13:50:28.