Who Needs a Cheese Press? Really!

Old Oak Cheese Press
I have no real use for this, other than for a platform to display stuff.

Say Cheese! Well, Cheese Press would be a more accurate term.

I found this old hand-crafted press at a New Hampshire flea market, for a few bucks. It is amazingly well-constructed, out of oak.

The lumber is all full-dimension 2 inch stock. It is mortise and tenon joinery, with dowels. The bottom, I guess what you might call the “feet”, suffered from a little rot, so it’s not level.

I fell in love with it, just because it was so well-made, and I knew that somewhere, deep within the grain of this wood, there was a story. I may not know it, but I know it is in there.

I don’t really have a use for this, other than as a unique platform to display other treasures. Treasures, stacked upon treasures. I suppose that is reason enough to have gravitated to it.

For the moment, it graces the entryway to the Cottage. Who knows where it will end up? I certainly don’t. Everything here gets moved, re-deployed, re-purposed, or re-imagined. Isn’t that part of the appeal of finding all these old relics?



Covey House – February 25, 2016

My little bit of Covey House

The corner designated as “Suzanne’s Cottage” located at Covey House, has been very busy this month. Last week I brought most of what you see in this photo. And today, I have filled my car with a whole load of bigs and smalls.

Trunks and Churn and other goodies at Covey House
Old Trunks, Butter Churn and more.

Repurposing Fun

The “clock” was a fun piece I picked up as “trash”, because the clock didn’t work. It’s not like it was a classic antique clock. It was a cheap repro, with a battery powered clock mechanism. I took it home, gutted it, cleaned it up, and used it as a display box for some faux greenery and a candlestick.

I get many compliments from people who visit the shop, this web site, or Pinterest. They often say my displays look like you could live there. Well, that is what my house does look like. If you’ve perused the photos on this site, most of them are just shots of various collections over time.

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Repurposing an Old Wooden Toolbox

This old wooden toolbox isĀ of my items currently on display at Covey House in Fitzwilliam, NH.

Clare Rose-Howard has a beautiful shop right on the Common. It is classic New England.

old drawer
This container was originally an old toolbox.


I love finding small chests and old wooden toolboxes. I know they were commonplace items used by common everyday laborers.

When I was a little girl, I remember little boys often using their Dad’s hand tools. It was always a big deal for a boy to get his own kid-sized toolbox.

These items have a story to tell, from a day when more men worked with their hands, than we see today.

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This photo shows the faded and dry condition of the wood, as it was when I found the toolbox.

A Found Treasure

I came upon this toolbox on one of my weekly trips in New Hampshire. It was a very unusual toolbox. It clearly was designed for a very specific purpose. It is about 3 feet wide, a 18 inches high, and only about 10 inches deep.

When you unhook the latches, if unfolds, revealing a couple narrow compartments. Each corner has a brass corner guard, the front hinges are brass, as well as the latches on top. There was a handle on the top in days gone by, but that has been lost. The sides have a couple iron handles for carrying the box.

As soon as I saw it, I envisioned it as a centerpiece for displaying old kitchenware. So I snagged it. When I got it home, I sanded it and restored the finish, since the wood was very dry and faded.

old toolbox
The wood looks nice with a little TLC. The finish is restored and the wood still maintains it’s old patina.

By the time Charles arrived home that evening it was done, and already repurposed.

Charles never got a chance to inspect it. He came home and it was full. He has never seen it empty, or folded up closed. If he had, he might have been able to tell me what it was designed for. With nothing to base his hunch on except the physical dimensions, he suspects it may have been used for handsaws.

It always delights me to find ways to breathe new life into found objects, regardless of how far from its original purpose it may be.

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