Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Fine Patina, 100 Years in the Making

These are the solid, old patinaed beams in the dining room of Penwood. The fresh blonde beams used in log construction today seem uninspired in comparison. Of course, these have been aging for a hundred years, and have stood the test of time well. The logs are solid and unblemished. The wood between the beams is covered with canvas. When Seymour Point, the original name of the house, was built, similarly impressive logs were set as the breakwater all around the property. A few remnants of them remain today, but the water has a way, over time, of eroding everything in its path. The water has nothing but time, and patience.

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