Building Adirondack furniture is a time-honored craft. Sturdy and rustic, this furniture can be a beautiful addition to any indoor decor, although it's most often used to set the scene outdoors. There, the furniture is subjected to a lifetime of abuse. Yearly it moves from somewhere hidden away (probably dark and musty winter storage) to front-and-center on the summer stage. Now, hour after hour it is beaten on by intense UV light, drenched in driving rains, then fried again in the summer sun.
This is a practical guide to repairing and maintaining the outside structure of your home. You can advice on tackling a variety of jobs outside your home, shown in over 215 photographs and diagrams. It helps you how to maintain and repair leaking or blocked guttering, drains and roofs. It outlines all the necessary tools and materials you will need, including nails and screws, adhesives, mortar and concrete. It describes how to check that your fences and walls, whether wood or brick, are kept in good condition. It provides information on access equipment, and ladder and electrical safety measures. It shows the efficient way to make repairs to hard surfaces such as concrete paths, drives and patios. Because your home is an investment, it is worth preventing deterioration by ensuring that is protected and maintained against adverse weather conditions. With the help of this handbook, you will learn basic skills, using the right materials and tools, to carry out repair jobs on the outside of your house. All the techniques are shown in clear step-by-step photographs.
The sovereigns of England, unlike those of France, have seldom taken to themselves the task of acting as patrons of the fine arts. Therefore when we write of the "Queen Anne period" we do not refer to the influence of the undistinguished lady who for twelve years occupied the throne of England. The term is merely convenient for the purpose of classification, embracing, as it does, the period from William and Mary to George I. during which the furniture had a strong family likeness and shows a development very much on the same line. The change, at the last quarter of the seventeenth century, from the Jacobean models to the Dutch, was probably the most important change that has come over English furniture. It was a change which strongly influenced Chippendale and his school, and remains with us to this day.