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Meet Mo the Cat

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!”

See more photos of Mo in the "Just Mo" album on Facebook.

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Anthony's Corner

Want to see what Old House Depot's carpenter Anthony Jones is up to? Check out Anthony's Corner on Facebook!

Meet Anthony Jones, Old House Depot Carpenter

Anthony Jones​Imagine a piece of furniture that would be perfect for your home. A table, a headboard, an entertainment center. An ornate mirror or custom picture frame. No matter how intricate your design, or how unusual the shape, Anthony Jones can probably build it out of wood.

For the past three years, Anthony has worked at Old House Depot, where he is the carpenter for custom builds. In addition, he pitches in on the tasks that everyone at Old House does: helping with customers, community events, and general maintenance. He doesn’t think the word "staff" describes the people who work at Old House. 

"I see it as more of a family setting," he says.

A few years ago, Anthony was studying construction engineering at Hinds Community College when he realized that he wanted to specialize in carpentry.

"Carpentry was the most versatile," he said. "I learned a lot about woodworking from Earl Coats, an accomplished craftsman in The Raymond area."

Cypress harvest table with through tenon and mortise joints.
Cypress harvest table with through tenon and mortise joints.

While studying construction engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi, Anthony improved his craft by working with a highly skilled finish carpenter. Together, they installed trim work and built custom cabinets on site for newly constructed houses.

Later, Anthony began renovating and restoring older houses and structures. He was introduced to Old House Depot while restoring a building from the early 1900's, owned by Hamp Shive, across the street from the historic Courthouse in Raymond. Hamp would arrive on site with a trailer load of antique building materials, and Anthony was curious to know where they were coming from. He discovered that they'd come from Old House Depot and decided to visit. 

When he first set foot in the Old House Depot's Jackson warehouse, he felt so overwhelmed that he stayed only a little while. 

"My brain was just exploding with ideas," he says. "There was so much to take in." Soon after, he got to know Old House owner Jim Kopernak and started working there.

Tapered leg Cypress table with breadboard inlay.
Tapered leg Cypress table with breadboard inlay.

The style of Anthony’s custom builds varies with the customer’s preference, from rustic to modern. He describes his own style as "simple and clean." He builds exclusively with reclaimed wood, mainly old heart pine from the Jackson area, sometimes with old growth cypress from the Delta.

"It's rare to find wood of this quality," he says. "It’s from the late 1800s to early 1900s, and the wood has character. You can see the saw marks from mills that don’t exist anymore, and hand-hewn marks."

Usually a custom build begins with a client's imagination, says Anthony. "They have an idea, and I help facilitate it," he says. Some clients incorporate architectural elements, like paneling or wooden inlays. The process for large items typically takes only 3-4 weeks, while smaller items can be turned around in a week or less. 

When boat builder Henry Archino came on staff, Anthony began teaming up with him on projects. "It’s fun to work with Anthony because his style of carpentry is completely different from mine, so we can exchange skills," says Henry.

"What surprised me is when you look at the cost of furniture at a name-brand store, ours doesn’t cost more. It’s a similar or better price to have your own things made," says Henry. "It’s really a deal, and you can get exactly what you want. You can pick out the specific wood that we’ll use, and you actually have a connection to your furniture."

Circular sawn Cypress table with tapered legs and bread board ends

Circular sawn Cypress table with tapered legs and bread board ends.

Anthony is grateful to have found his niche at Old House Depot.

"I love the idea of taking things that have outlived their usefulness and transforming them into something beautiful, functional, and relevant," says Anthony. "Most of all, I enjoy people, and the opportunity to bond friendships and share with others. I thank God for everyone that has taken time to help me, and for putting me in a place where I can help others. I think that is why Old House Depot has been the perfect place for me to develop as a person," he says.

Check out the Anthony’s Corner on Facebook, where he gives you a detailed look at the custom build projects at Old House Depot and shares finds from "going picking."

Antique Signs and Crates

This just in! Vintage wooden Coca-Cola crates. Bottles not included :) Price $30 each.
This just in! Vintage wooden Coca-Cola crates. Price $30 each.
This just in! Vintage Wooden RC Cola crate. Drinks not included :) Price: $30.
This just in! Vintage Wooden RC Cola crate. Drinks not included :) Price: $30.

This just in! Cool Jax beer sign. Dimensions: 65
This just in! Cool Jax beer sign. Dimensions: 65" (W) x 65" (H). Price $750.

Just in! Coca-Cola sign circa 1949. Dimensions: 23
Just in! Coca-Cola sign circa 1949. Dimensions: 23" (H) x 60" (W). Price: $400.

This just in! Mississippi sign - Home of the Blues! Dimensions: 10” (H) x 55
This just in! Mississippi sign - Home of the Blues! Dimensions: 10” (H) x 55" (L). Price: $125.

Cool railroad sign, 36
Cool railroad sign, 36" diameter. Price: $400.

Boat Building Progress: Making the Patterns

Molly and John make the pattern for the bulkhead.
Molly and John make the pattern for the bulkhead.

We'll be posting semi-regular updates about the process of building a boat at Old House Depot. Read more about the boat-building group that meets here one evening a week.

With the lofting complete, we are able to start building the boat! The first step is to create patterns for each piece of the boat. This is done by directly transferring all the lines and shapes created on the lofting boards to thin pieces of plywood. Because we spent so much time on the lofting process, making sure every angle and curve of the boat was correct, we take extra care to make sure the patterns are correct.

Once we have the patterns exactly right, we trace them onto our wood stock. Having a pattern is handy, because we can hold it up to prospect pieces of wood for our boat, line it up to see if it is a good fit, and to select the best looking grain. Once we found the perfect piece, we trace the pattern and start to shape the wood!

Transferring the lines to the stem
Transferring the lines to the stem

Chairs, Carts, and Cans

Industrial metal cart on casters, with push handles. Dimensions: 40
Industrial metal cart on casters, with push handles. Dimensions: 40"(L) x 25"(D) x 62" (H). Price: $145
This just in! Vintage metal stool with wooden seat and cool foot rest. Dimensions: seat 12
This just in! Vintage metal stool with wooden seat and cool foot rest. Dimensions: seat 12" (D) X 28" (H) Price: $65
Vintage wooden swivel chair. Price: $90.
Vintage wooden swivel chair. Price: $90.
Industrial metal cart with casters. We have two of these. Dimensions: 39
Industrial metal cart with casters. We have two of these. Dimensions: 39"(L) x 27" (D) x 54" (H). Price: $145 each. The mail bags inside the cart are $3 each.
Metal can with distressed blue patina. This would make a great waste paper basket. Dimensions: 15
Metal can with distressed blue patina. This would make a great waste paper basket. Dimensions: 15" (D) x 27"(H). Price $45

Metal and Porcelain Antiques

Vintage metal lawn chairs that come in a variety of style and colors. Price: $40 each.
Vintage metal lawn chairs that come in a variety of style and colors. Price: $40 each
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Ornate cast iron gate from the late 1800s - early 1900s. Dimensions: 35
Ornate cast iron gate from the late 1800s - early 1900s. Dimensions: 35"(L) x 36"(H). Price: $150.
Vintage porcelain table from Port Gibson. The top is adjustable. Dimensions: 24
Vintage porcelain table from Port Gibson. The top is adjustable. Dimensions: 24"(W) x 40"(L) x 31"(H) Price:$275.
This just in! Metal industrial cart. Could be converted into a coffee table! Dimensions: 29
This just in! Metal industrial cart. Could be converted into a coffee table! Dimensions: 29"(W) x 60"(L) x 13"(H). Price: $225.
This item is a section of hand railing with an oak leaf and acorn pattern. With its charming white and green distressed paint look, it could be used inside the house or in the garden as a decorative piece. Dimensions: 36
This item is a section of hand railing with an oak leaf and acorn pattern. With its charming white and green distressed paint look, it could be used inside the house or in the garden as a decorative piece. Dimensions: 36" (L) x 28"(H). Price: $40.

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