A familiar face around Old House Depot belongs to Mo (short for Moselle) the tomcat. The green-eyed tabby has quite the local fan club.
Jim explains how Mo came to join his family in 2010. “I was down with a guy we know buying wood in Moselle, Mississippi. It was the middle of nowhere, with no houses around. This kitten came along, probably around 12 weeks old, and everybody carried him around. When I got into my truck to leave, I found him asleep in front of some beams in front of trailer, right at home.”
Ann says, “Jim calls me on his way home and says, ‘I’m bringing home a cat.’ Now Mo travels with us. In the morning, Mo walks into his carrier and goes to work with Jim. At 5, he gets back into the carrier to go home. He also plays fetch!”
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Boat Building Process: Launching the Boat!
This is the conclusion of semi-regular updates from A. Henry Archino about the process of building a boat at Old House Depot. Read more about the boat-building group that met here one evening a week.
Starting last October with the plans, the tools and an endless supply of wood, we set out to build a boat using traditional woodworking know-how. Eight months later, we launched our labor of love, a 15-foot decked canoe, aptly named the Crusty Canoe.
The last month leading up to the launch saw a tremendous amount of effort and dedication from the boat building crew. We met nearly every night, sometimes until midnight, putting the final touches on the boat. This included building the deck, painting the hull, hand-fitting the floor boards and even making custom cherry backrests. Though the pace was intense, we found time most days to celebrate the night’s work with coffee and pie at the nearby Waffle House. In fact, we were there so much, the waitresses knew our order, right down to when to switch our coffee from regular to decaf.
We choose LeFleur’s Bluff park to launch and test our boat. The scenic cypress-strewn lakes provided the perfect continuity for our event, from tree to boat. About thirty people, friends and family of the boat builders, showed up to welcome the boat.
As in most boat dedication ceremonies, the christening is done by someone prominent, usually someone important to the community or someone beloved by the boat builders. In this case it was both. We asked Jim to dedicate the boat. He had allowed us to use his shop space, dull his tools, and pick through all his wood, and we wanted to thank him for this wonderful opportunity. Though the heart pine stem could have easily withstood the smash from a champagne bottle, we decided instead to drink the champagne and go with the old custom of pouring a glass of local water over the bow. Once Jim performed this rite, we dropped the bomb on him. This boat was his. We had built it for him.
Though most people were in on this surprise, including Jim’s wife Ann (who helped make the boat possible), you could see that Jim truly was surprised and moved by this development. He took the ceremonial first trip and really put the boat through its paces. As he tested the Crusty Canoe out on the lake, we all looked on with pride. Throughout the rest of the day, everyone had a chance to take the boat out for a spin. It was a perfect way to wrap up this project.
The launching of the boat coincided with my departure from Old House Depot, and Mississippi, too. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the boat building group from helping to create such a wonderful memory. And I especially want to thank Jim, Ann and Anthony for welcoming me two years ago at OHD and making Jackson feel like home for me and my family.
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5 Creative Ways to Reuse Household Items
1. From an old suitcase to a chair or table:
Do you have a vintage suitcase lying around? Open it, screw legs on the bottom, and pad the inside and voilà! a chair. Or, you could leave it closed, put legs on the bottom, a glass sheet on the top, and make it into a bedside table.
2. From an unused drawer to a shelf:
Take drawers from an unused dresser or armoire and use them as shelves throughout your house. They can be positioned vertically or horizontally to give you more room to display valuables or just to add some spunk to a ro
3. From a headboard to a coat rack:
Do you have an old headboard that you’ll never use again? Paint it a fun color, attach some hooks, put it on the wall, and you’ve got a new coat/backpack/purse rack for your house.
4. From a ladder into a bookshelf:
Take that old, rickety ladder and mount it on your wall to use as a bookshelf! This adds an interesting element to any room plus gives you more space to display your books!
5. From a bathtub into a couch:
You can turn an antique bathtub with feet into a couch by simply cutting out one side of the tub and having a cushion made for the bottom of the tub. To spice it up even more, paint the tub with vibrant colors.
If you want to put some of these creative ways to reuse household items to the test, but you don’t have any of these items lying around, Old House Depot is the place to go! Check us out on Facebook and Pinterest or give us a call at 601.592.6200!