Archive for October, 2012

West Wind by Eric Sloane

October 31, 2012 |  by  |  No Comments

West Wind by Eric Sloane, N.A.  Oil on canvas, c. 1955.  An absolutely stunning maritime seen, West Wind combines Sloane’s iconic cloud formations with an evocative body of water in a state of turmoil.  Great color and perspective and a wonderful sense of movement upon the water.  Recently cleaned and varnished and placed within a new silver frame with a period look.  Please contact the gallery for pricing.  Sorry – Sold

Southeastern Pennsylvania Barn Hoods by Eric Sloane

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Southeastern Pennsylvania Barn Hoods by Eric Sloane, N.A.  In excellent original condition.  Boldly signed in red Sharpie marker.  Extensively re-framed with all acid-free materials and UV protective museum glass.  Southeastern Pennsylvania Barn Hoods is signed on the verso and is noted as the original illustration which appears on page 33 of Recollections in Black and White.  Please contact the gallery for pricing.  SORRY-SOLD.

Original Pen and Ink Sketch from For Spacious Skies by Eric Sloane

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An original pen and ink drawing by Eric Sloane, N.A. for his book For Spacious Skies.  This illustration is housed in its original Walter Skor frame and mat and is in exceptional original condition.  To protect the work, museum UV glass has been installed and an acid free museum grade liner has been installed between the drawing and the mat.  A wonderful opportunity to own an original Eric Sloane illustration from one of his more difficult to find titles.  Please contact the gallery for pricing.

Closing Fast by Eric Sloane

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Closing Fast, Republic Guardsman by Eric Sloane, N.A.  C. 1945.  Pen and ink, gouache and colored pencil.  Wonderfully detailed pen and ink (the most detailed I have ever seen) of three Republic Guardsman aircraft in a diving formation.  Fantastically bold and dramatic, the sense of speed and movement is palpable. In exceptional original condition.  In all new framing including acid free materials and museum UV protective glass.  Please contact gallery for pricing.

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One of our newest pieces – a delightfully sized youth blanket chest, mid-19th century.  Pennsylvania, very likely Big Valley or Sugar Valley.  Chrome salmon paint, stove black trim and feet.  Please contact gallery for pricing.

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Heating, Weather Hill style.  We use a 1908 Glenwood Base Heater #6 and it is a wonderful piece of equipment.  While it can burn coal or wood, I prefer wood.  As Eric Sloane wrote, wood heat warms many times over.  For me, it warms once when I cut the wood, once when I split the wood, once when I stack the wood, and once when I burn the wood.  There is nothing that can compare to a properly built wood fire of seasoned hardwood in a good stove.  I prefer burning Birch as it is fragrant both during splitting and burning.

Last evening, at the height of the gale when the air temperature fell considerably, I smiled at the thought of my “radiant floor heating”.  As the Glenwood burned merrily along downstairs, I received the benefit of a strategically placed antique cast iron floor grate I installed by cutting a hole in my bedroom floor with a chainsaw.  Additionally, the rising heat from the first floor circulates among the ceiling beams, giving the floor of my bedroom a “warm to the touch” sensation much appreciated as a hopped bare foot into my cherry four post bed.

October 31, 2012 |  by  |  No Comments

Like many residents of the Mid-Atlantic, Edith and I are picking up tree limbs, small branches, and other vestiges of Hurricane Sandy.  Thankfully, damage to Weather Hill is minimal.

The impending storm caused a flurry of activity at the local hardware store.  Generators were in demand – a friend told me that she was number 61 on a waiting list.  I wonder what Eric Sloane would think of that?  It set me thinking about Eric’s Philosophy of Awareness, and idea that has intrigued me for years – in fact, I entitled the biography I wrote of Eric Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane.  It seemed like a fitting title and after eleven years it still does.

Eric suggested that the early American was more aware than we are today – an awareness born of necessity because of the way people lived and worked.  The early American man and woman were more aware of the environment to be sure – weather, for example, was a factor that was closely watched because one’s livelihood and indeed perhaps one’s life, depended on a level of awareness that simply does not exist today.  Yesterday you might have to deliver a wagon load of grain to the next village, today one leaves a climate controlled house to climb into a climate controlled automobile to drive to a climate controlled office.  Rain and snow are a nuisance today, yesterday they could prove deadly to the traveler caught unaware.

Eric suggested another, perhaps kinder, interpretation of awareness.  In this second version, the early American man and woman were more aware because so much of what they created they either did so by their own hands, or knew who did.  A pair of socks, for example, take on a different significance when they were knitted for you by your grandmother.  You would treat a candlestand or table differently if you made it with your own two hands.  Furniture like that finds a prominent place in familial lore and is usually passed down from generation to generation.  Can you see the same occurring with a press board table made in China and sold in 7,500 WalMart stores across our nation?

I think Eric was also trying to tease out exactly what this all meant for the man and woman of today.  As we progressed from and agricultural society into an industrial one, we left a lot of things behind – most things for the good.  Yet it is difficult to argue that we as a people and as a nation didn’t experience a loss.  Eric Sloane himself would be the first to argue how unrealistic it is to think that we could or should return to “the good old days”.  But what have we given up?  As humans, we practiced and lived an agricultural existence for thousands of years – we’ve lived an industrial one for one hundred and fifty.  We are arguably more wealthy and have more leisure time than ever before.  How come we are more depressed, less satisfied, more medicated, and less fulfilled than ever before?  What are we missing?

I am not a clinical psychologist, but I can’t help wondering if much of the dissatisfaction of a present age has to do with the possibility that our brains and ways of thinking have not caught up to, speaking in an evolutionary sense, our new industrialized, sedentary, and over-stimulated lives.  Maybe our brain, aware of this drastically quick evolutionary jump, has not yet determined a response to this new shift, but instead manifests it’s lack of comfort with our new ways of working and living in other ways.  How does awareness play a role?  I’ll attempt to explain that tomorrow.  Right now, Edith and I have more branches to collect…

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Weather Hill Farm welcomes our second rescue animal, a sheep that was to be slaughtered before my business partner Edith stepped in and put an end to all the “slaughtering nonsense”.  Wife Beth was next in line to name the next animal (we rotate that distinction in the family) and chose “Emmy Noether” after an early 20th century mathematician who was a pioneer in her field (as our Emmy is in hers).  Welcome, Emmy!

Sheep may safely graze
Whilst the shepherd is watching.
Where the wise and good rule
Peace will also reign there
And there will be peace throughout the world.

–  J.S. Bach, Hunt Contata 208 “Sheep May Safely Graze” written in 1713


Rescue Horse “Dandy”, Rescue Sheep “Emmy Noether” and Daughter and Business Partner “Edith”

October 23, 2012 |  by  |  No Comments

You are needed as a member of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.  For a limited time, if you join at the Sponsor, Director, or President’s Circle Membership Level, you will receive a complimentary signed and inscribed copy of Aware:  A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane.  Help the Eric Sloane Museum and get a great book as a bonus!

October 23, 2012 |  by  |  No Comments

Not only was the process of selecting, picking, and pressing apples markedly different in the 18th and 19th centuries, the apples themselves have changed a great deal.  Gone forever are thousands of varieties which once were a part of the American landscape.  Even apples which were extremely popular in mid-nineteenth century America have largely disappeared.  Have you ever hear of:

Summer Apples:  Pearman, Red Astrachan, Benoni, Bevan’s Favorite, Bohanan, Caroline Red June, Early Harvest, Early Strawberry, Early Joe, Garretson’s Early, Golden Sweet, Keswick Codlin, Lyman’s Pumpkin Sweet, Manomet, Oslin, Summer Belle-fleur, Sweet Paradise, Summer Rose, Summer Queen, Sops of Wine, William’s Favorite.

Fall Apples:  Emperor Alexander, Autumn Swaar, Beauty of Kent, Bailey Spice, Clyde Beuty, Duchess of Lodenburg, Cloth of Gold, Fall Pippen, Fleiner, Garden Royal, Sassafras Sweet Cole, Jewet’s Fine Red, Queen Anne, Maiden’s Blush, Lyman’s Pound Sweet, Porter, Pomme Royal, President, Spice Sweet, Smoke House, Tomkins, Sweet Paradise.

Winter Apples:  Siberian Crab, Flowering Chinese, Bourrassa, Bell Flower, Belle et Bonne, Carthouse, Dominie, Fameuse, Fallawater, Fort Miami, King, Jonathan, Limber Twig, Mother, Pomme d’Api, Minister, Ortley, Peck’s Pleasant, Pickman, Pryor’s Red, Rawle’s Jannet, Russet Golden, Seek No Further, Winter Blush, Winesap, Wine Apple.

There were thousands more, most of which are sadly no longer with us.  The autumn landscape, air cider and recipes are decidedly poorer without them.  For a great book on the subject, please see Vrest Orton’s “The American Cider Book:  The Story of America’s Natural Beverage”.  I highly recommend the book.