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Compare the photograph below, taken in December of 2019, with Eric Sloane’s original illustration for the Noah Blake cabin in his 1962 Diary of an Early American Boy. How did we do?

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More Progress on Eric Sloane’s Noah Blake Cabin

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I was able to sneak away just before Christmas to bring Noah’s loft ladder up to the cabin (last picture) and I had the chance to build Noah’s bed. It is becoming quite exciting to see how the project has come together. We still need to have some work done on the chimney, but the cabin itself is 95% complete. Our thanks to all of our donors and supporters over the years that have helped to make this happen – we could not have completed the project without your support!

Our Newest Volunteer Joined Scott at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Scott received some help the other day from our newest volunteer, Sidney Crouch. Sidney and Scott worked together on the siding of Noah’s bedroom. We’re honored to have Sidney join us in rebuilding the cabin. Our thanks to Scott for serving as a mentor, and our thanks to Sidney for his energy and enthusiasm.

More Progress on the Noah Blake Cabin at the Eric Sloane Museum

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We are receiving a lot of professional-level carpentry from a fantastic volunteer and friend, Scott Sheldon. Scott is doing an amazing job on Noah’s bedroom addition to the cabin. He’s almost done with installing the rough cut beveled siding and it looks great. We’re using reproduction wrought iron nails that are galvanized for weather protection. Who knew they made such a thing in the 21st century?

Nice job, Scott – THANK YOU!

The Gremlins Have Us, Too!

July 14, 2019 |  by  |  Comments Off on The Gremlins Have Us, Too!

It would appear that the gremlins that invaded the Eric Sloane Museum and created enough havoc to delay substantially the planned renovations decided to pay us a visit at the Noah Blake cabin. We’re taking Eric’s advice (see photo from his 1943 The Gremlins Will Get You If You Don’t Watch Out!!) by smiling and blaming it all on a gremlin.

Cabin on a truck – you call, we haul

The good news is that we were able to build the cabin over three days in June. The challenging news is that it is not quite finished, but we’re still at it! The gremlins made the weather terrible, and despite my friend Chris and I putting in two 16 hour days on day 1 and day 2, plus a 14 hour day on day 3, we just couldn’t quite get it all done. Board member John Pennings and volunteer Scott Sheldon worked on Noah’s bedroom while Chris and I focused on the main cabin. They were a huge help.

We built the cabin using early 19th century timbers, all hand hewn, to replicate Eric’s renditions of the cabin in his 1962 Diary of An Early American Boy. The window and door placements will also mirror Eric’s illustrations for the cabin.

Might as well start….
I don’t think these were available in 1805
There is always a clown on every job site
John Pennings and Scott Sheldon begin framing Noah’s bedroom
Aeriel acrobatics
Kent celebrities

After consulting Barb Russ and Liz Shapiro of DECD, we made a decision to cancel the events that had been scheduled throughout 2019. A variety of factors went into that difficult decision. What we are planning for now is a grand re-opening celebration of the newly-renovated Eric Sloane Museum AND Noah Blake Cabin for Spring of 2020. It is going to be awesome! Thanks for your understanding and for sticking with us through all of the gremlin-related activity! We will continue to keep you posted throughout the rest of the year.

Noah Blake Cabin Footings Installed at the Eric Sloane Museum

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Our thanks to Mike and Tegan Gawel – they make a great team. They continue to be so helpful in working to ensure that we have a solid foundation for the Noah Blake cabin. Mike and his crew know what they are doing.

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Waiting on Mike Gawel to begin and complete the new foundation for the Noah Blake cabin. Getting excited! In the meantime, our approximately 180 year old hand hewn beams are back from the mill, where the rounded edges of the logs – can you believe these trees would have been mere saplings before the American revolution?– were removed, leaving square logs ready for stacking. Eric Sloane imagined, visualized, and gave life to the Noah Blake cabin – a hewn, stacked log structure – as seen in several drawings in Diary of an American Boy. Our job is to bring Eric’s vision to reality in 2019.

many are 22′ long
hewing marks are as crisp as the day they were made
beautiful!

Protecting the Exhibits at the Eric Sloane Museum

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This young lady was exceptionally helpful to me these past few days. She and I volunteered together to…

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…build three custom crates to protect exhibits at the Eric Sloane Museum. The exhibits could not be moved, yet the construction firm did not want to begin work with the exhibits exposed. All ready!

Before Sheathing:

And after sheathing: