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Saving What We Can: Fireplace History

Blog Cabin 2013 Fireplace

Happy Friday! Today project manager Dylan Eastman shares a short but sweet report about the Blog Cabin 2013 chimneys.

“Since we couldn’t salvage the chimneys in the lift (no liners, cracking, leaking, etc.), we saved the ones inscribed “BUILT JULY 1895 BY PAKE” and will try to work them into show how-to projects. ‘Pake’ is a local family name.”

  • Posted at 12:36 pm on December 12, 2012
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130 Comments

  1. This is sounding like a monumental undertaking. Is there a point where you just decide you have to start from scratch and demo it? I love the look of it but it is starting to sound like a rebuild would be safer and more cost-effective. Sigh.

    riverbluffer on December 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  2. It is awesome to try and save as much of the old as possible and try to work it into the new design.

    Sam on December 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm
  3. Thank you Mary and Mr. Eastman for the new Thread. I think it's great trying to salvage the great history of this Beach Cottage. I'm sure you will find a place to display this old fireplace or whats left of it. I think updating the bones of the place is a big issue and still keep the "Beachy Cottage" feel! I know it is going to be a big task but I trust that Mr. Eastman & Associates and Diy Designers can handle the challenge…I can't wait to see the Revised Floor Plans..I know Reno won't get started until January, BUT Mary please let us take a peek at the F/Ps now so we can visualize how the Cottage will change??..Sharing the floor plans now would make us Impatient and Dedicated Bloggers Very, Very Happy and hold our interest til January!! Thank you again Mary and have a great day!

    Jennie/Florida on December 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    • Right?! I sooooo want to see the new floor plans!!! It would be a GREAT Christmas present, Mary!! ::HINT, HINT::

      MGYinSC on December 15, 2012 at 8:34 am
  4. Thank you, Mary and Dylan, for the update post regarding the fireplace situation. It is sad to see that so many pieces of Dobbie's Cottage are turning out to be irreparable There is, however, a way to preserve it for posterity, that is, by creating a pictorial collage or scrapbook for the winner. Include photos such as this one signed by PAKE in 1895. I know that DIY and the capable leadership of Dylan Eastman will bring this place into 21st Century code, strength and perfection–while maintaining the charm and character of her 19th Century Beach Cabin feel. Some things just cannot be saved, in the literal sense–but please save them, so History may be carried on for generations to come?! With gratitude! :D <3 Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on December 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    • As allways, Verry well sead Mrs. Kitty!!! ;)

      asandmancan on December 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm
    • You always have the kindest, most thoughtful comments, Asandmancan! I think of you often and pray that you and your parents, for whom you help care, are doing alright. I hope you've been able to find work, at least to tide you over–and my prayer is that, SOON, as building and real estate trades get stronger, you will find what you so need. May God hold, provide for and sustain you and yours–you know I care! ^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm
    • Hey Mrs Kitty, I gust got a Kitten for Christmas from my perints! She's a calico and her name is Lenore! :D I named her after Edgar Allan Poe's 1831 "Lenore" B) The best gift I could get!!!
      And thank you for you're prayers and kind thoughts! Bless you Mrs. Kitty!!! <3

      asandmancan on December 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm
    • Oh, that's so special! Lenore is a beautiful name! Sounds like you like to read? I do too! I guess you probably have read that I have a rescue rag doll cat named Zuri. You will have hours of fun with your Lenore and she will return love, intelligence and loyalty to you. They are very smart too. Do you happen to get on Facebook? I have lots of books on cats and if we can connect on email somehow and I can get your address more privately, I'd love to send you a couple. It's late now, we'll talk some more…:) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 15, 2012 at 12:26 am
    • Frank Sandlin Is my FB page. (And my name!) B)
      From ~ Beech Island, SC
      Look me up if you like!!! ^_^

      asandmancan on December 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    • I will! :) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm
    • So glad to hear that you received such a precious gift. Wishing you and Lenore a wonderful life together. Cats are great companions. I have been in animal rescue for many years and have fostered many kittens that got adopted into loving forever homes. Pets can improve our quality of life through their unconditional love.

      Peacefurpets on December 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    • Thank you Peacefufpets! Lenore is great. She's a ball of energy and brings a lot of joy to are home! I recomend to any one that needs a pick-me-up to get a pet. It's worth it!!! <3

      asandmancan on December 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm
  5. I love it when unique findings change the plans as a means to salvage history. I'm stoked.

    Ceramicsman on December 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm
  6. Perhaps this is not the proper forum, but I know there are so many compassionate and caring people on this blog. Please forgive me for bringing you such sad news, and join me in prayer for the children, parents and teachers of the elementary school in CN so cruelly and savagely attacked this afternoon. My sister is a teacher in a school only a few miles from there, it is a beautiful and was a peaceful place. I cannot understand, and never will no matter how old I become, how when there is already so much sadness in this world anyone could deliberately inflict such pain on innocents. The young man who did this horrible act must have been so very sad and ill himself. Dear friends, please join me in prayer for all involved. I feel so helpless, and it's all I know to do.

    SID on December 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    • :( YES! Watch and PRAY! I, too, am heartbroken, Sid! I lived in CT as a little girl, when I was in the USA, as my Mom's Family was mostly from there. It is inexplicable what drives individuals to do these type of things–but I have to say it, from my perspective, there's a horrendous amount of violence freely portrayed by media, "music" (?) and TV/movies to the extent that people have begun to think that those visual images are normal life and OK. They are NOT! When babies ki-ll babies, shouldn't the Nation wake up and see why the trend is headed that way??? When did the statistic turn and why? Think, America! Recover the American Dream! That's what this DIY BC is about: a nugget of the American Dream–to bring us and my diatribe, back to Blog point!!! :So.0 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    • To clarify, I used the metaphor, 'babies ki-ll babies' because to me, no one, in their adult, mature, right mind, could possibly fathom such a concept as to open fire upon innocent lives anywhere and for any reason, no matter that this purp was a "dad" of a student in this very elementary school…:( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    • Kitty I believe you are absolutely correct. Studies have shown that exposure to media violence (and also violent video games) causes an increase in aggressive behavior in susceptible individuals. Repeated violence also hardens the rest of us, and causes us to accept it as a new "normal". I believe it is time for us to take a hard look at what we are allowing in the name of "liberty". There are many things we could handle better in our society. For instance we need to better understand what is happening with guns in this country. These are not the weapons known to our forefathers and protected by our constitution. I'm not talking about hunting rifles, I'm speaking about high powered rifles and police and military style assault weapons which were used in this and other recent obscene massacres. I am a person who would far rather feel love than anger, but have to admit that this event has me feeling not only heartbroken but absolutely furious with our political leadership. I hope people will finally have seen enough needless suffering to demand a real reassessment of these "cherished" issues. It is frequently said "The right to free speech ends with shouting out 'fire' in a crowded theatre." We need to also limit the right of an individual to actually 'fire' at innocents.:@

      SID on December 15, 2012 at 11:38 am
    • You did the right thing, Sid. If you hadn't brought it up, I, or someone else would have. It's incomprehensable that someone would do this. Especially to children. What did they do to him? Nothing. I can't even find the words I want to say. I am just totally numb. I have been saying prayers and asking why all day.:'(:'(:'(:'(

      Dghawk4 on December 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    • Totally agree! :'( With you, Dottie…
      I wish I could <3 those heartbroken families who's lives are forever wounded and shattered by this tragedy! Who can comprehend the ripple effect to come to these people? God Help Them!:'( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    • Dottie thank you. I guess I was seeking comfort, reaching out to just huddle together with friends against the pain and grief on the news. I only wish it were possible to bring some comfort to those parents. As a mother myself, and one who lost a child to illness many years ago, I can't fathom the depth of a parents pain from such a senseless and terrifying loss. I just hope that people don't forget in a few days, and just go on with their lives. We need to insist that we have had enough of senseless violence, and that our legislators take a very hard look at their responsibility to do something to stop the violence in this country. I keep praying for God to bring them peace, but in reality I know it is going to take a long, long time.

      SID on December 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    • SID,
      You did the right thing. While we all know this is about BC; there are things that just seem to take the lead. The tragic events that took place this morning is one of them. I usually have a lot to say about the homes. But today I only came on to send love and prayers for all the families. All those beautiful children taken way too soon. And prayer for the educators who were there for those children.
      To all who live in Newtown, CT; I pray.
      My heart is very heavy today.

      traveler4lyfe on December 15, 2012 at 12:16 am
    • Thank you for your understanding. You are a comfort to a very sad heart. I understand that many very nice people come to this site to escape, and probably don't want to be reminded here of what there is no relief from on TV. This is just not a day when some of us can enjoy dreaming about a waterside cottage, no matter how lovely that dream may be. And thank you also for caring and praying for the dear children, parents, educators and also the fire/rescue responders.

      SID on December 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    • Hi SID, no thanks needed. WE are all we have. A kind word, a gentle thought, coming from us who don't know each other, is still calming none the less. Knowing that there are many many kind and caring people in this world. Near and far. Helps to heal our aching hearts. Family is always good. But to realize we are not alone adds just a little extra comfort. Sometimes it takes forever to find we are not alone. I hope to bring that to the forefront of our lives just a minute sooner.

      traveler4lyfe on December 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    • There may be more to this horror than we, the voting public, are being told about. Story is on Facebook. I sincerely hope that as senseless as these murders were that the involved families can find the strength and help that they need in dealing with their grief. The children are now safe with their Lord, whatever name that they call him. At best this is a social or cultural failure. The minority that has fought to remove any indications of religious worship from public grounds may well be responsible for the lack of moral fiber that has a few among us believing that they don't have to respect human life and that what other's have is theirs for the taking. A truly sad day. There but the grace of God go I.

      YankeeNuke on December 16, 2012 at 2:57 am
    • Frank, I'm afraid that you are correct. This Nation, which was founded upon Freedom to worship/ a.k.a. Freedom of Religious Beliefs–it never was meant to signify that we were to have that freedom ripped from us. Once taken, Our people were exposed much more so to immorality in media –or amorality–which is worse: as though evil doesn't exist. Then it becomes all about "ME." A Nation that has lost its moral compass and fails to have proactive, protective,compassionate and moral leadership is bound to fail. God have mercy upon us all!:o:|:'( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    • Never thought that I would see the country evolve to what it has. I know that many people will call be a bigot, sexist, whatever, but I believe that the loss of the notion of a core family when women went back to work for whatever reason and strangers were introduced to raise the children. Parental responsibility is needed so that the children are raised with good values. My Mom worked, but my Grandmother was there when we got home from school and she certainly had strong moral and ethical values, so we were still under the family influence, even though both of my parents worked. This great country needs to be lead back to the founding father's ideals and values soon or it will become a socialist state which will collapse as the money from the rich runs out and nobody can pay the bills.From: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: frankrh77@live.comSubject: DwnSoDwnEaster replied to your comment on Saving What We Can: Fireplace History

      YankeeNuke on December 20, 2012 at 12:45 am
    • I'm joining you in prayer through these past few days of shock and grief. So tragic and sad. My heart aches for those families and the community.

      Peacefurpets on December 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm
    • Amen! Prayer changes things!<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm
    • Excuse me if this is inappropriate, but there is NO valid requirement for assault weapons, they are for just that purpose, assault, and thank God almost none of us will ever be in a situation where that type of fire power is warranted. The sale and ownership of that type of weapon needs to be outlawed. If people feel the need or desire to shoot that kind of weapon, then allow them (licensed, housed and fully controlled) at firing ranges and have people go to firing ranges to experience it. They should never be in individual's homes because clearly, they can not be controlled properly there. The frequency is increasing, with each episode seeming to build in violence and notoriety on the previous one. It is time to stop the sale of these weapons. God bless and help the families of those latest senseless victims in Newtown CT.

      Windsmurf on December 17, 2012 at 11:25 am
    • So right Windsmurf, I couldn't agree with you more! I'm tired of hearing about the 5th Amendment when times have changed so much in the 21st century. After all back then our forefathers didn't choose to give women the vote, and many of them thought it was just fine to own slaves! Our forefathers could never have anticipated the deadly weapons that are so easily available today. I don't personally hunt because I love animals, but I don't expect to impose that restriction on others. So I'm not talking about hunting rifles. I'm talking about pistols and rifles designed for the rapid fire of multiple cartridges-the guns designed for military,police and criminal use. It is selfish and reckless the way so many people today keep these cherished 'toys' which have absolutely no practical use but killing, and are a danger to their owners, their families and everyone else. The thirst for violence and reckless disregard of human life that is developing in American culture makes me sick. Are we not going to learn anything from what was done to those beautiful and innocent children or those teachers who tried to protect them? "Gun's don't kill, people do?" Oh really? Well why not just take the same attitude about nuclear weapons? Gun advocates need to wake up to reality.o.0

      SID on December 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    • I agree with you 100%. People have been distorting the 5th amendment and hunter's rights for way too long. No self respecting hunter, particularly one who planned to eat his prey, would use these type of weapons to hunt. I know of a lot of people who were concerned when Obama was elected that he would limit their gun rights, and went out and purchased as many guns as they could afford – sadly, that limitation (or in my opinion, bringing the 5th amendment back into alignment with the original intent) has not yet happened – and we are living with the consequences – or dying with the consequences. Any gun that holds more than six bullets or can shoot more than 1 bullet with a single compression of the trigger should be banned in people's homes. Period, no equivocation. And even those guns should be required to use trigger guards or similar safety equipment to prevent accidental firing. Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox for now.

      Windsmurf on December 18, 2012 at 10:45 am
    • I know, I tend to get passionate on this topic myself! I also don't like to disrespect or offend anyone. It is just that it hurts so much to see the consequences of lenient gun laws. I so very much want people to stop and take a hard look at the consequences of some of their cherished traditions.

      SID on December 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm
    • Sorry, 2nd amendment for the right to bear arms, not 5th.

      Windsmurf on December 19, 2012 at 9:50 am
    • DITTO!!!:o=/:'( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    • Not inappropriate at all. You're right! Personally, I hate guns! Had one held at my head a few times. I Don't hold them against someone who hunts to eat. But i don't eat game. Assault weapons belong only in the fields of war and law enforcement alone. I don't believe that changing our basic rights will do anything to stop criminals and the mentally ill from such as happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. We need better care from the get-go for the mentally ill and their families–whose hands are tied by current law and can do NOTHING to get their sick member off the street, even if they have foreknowledge that something MAY be going down! A crime must happen 1st, in America! This–is insane! This man's mom tried to get him help off the streets! America, get your privacy priorities straight–what about the victim's right to be safe and to live? Thanks, Windsmurf!:o:S:'( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    • I agree totally. Not only does gun control need a major revision, but we need to re-think how we protect and help the mentally ill and those around them. Now, those 2 would be a tremendous legacy for a president to leave behind.

      Windsmurf on December 19, 2012 at 9:55 am
    • Totally Amen to That!!! What a legacy that would be!xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on December 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm
  7. Thank you for the update! Though it's sad to see all the things that can't be saved… Though at lest we get ti hear about them!!! B)

    asandmancan on December 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm
  8. This day has been a very sad day because of a heartless act of a young man who took it upon himself to go to a Elementary School and gun down poor innocent people including 20 young sweet children who had there lives taken away before they had a chance at life…My heart is breaking for those who lost there children and those who lost there loved ones. He killed his own Mother. How heartless is that?? I can't seem to do anything but cry…I feel so sad. I have 2 grandchildren who are in school, one in Elementary and the other in High School. I am concerned for her and my grandson.There has got to be some way to protect our children in schools…More money has to be used for better Security. I think there should be a security guard at the front door at every School and that would be the only entrance available to all who enters. I know that doesn't sound good for the children but I'm afraid that this world is changing and we must change to protect our love ones..I agree with Kitty, some of the Music, TV/Movies are going to extreme, so the sweet and innocent doesn't have a chance and some are bullied into destructive behavior, others think it's OK because they see it in the movies…My heart and Prayers go out to all who are effected by this terrible act of Violence!

    Jennie/Florida on December 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm
    • Well said Jennie. My husband and I are retired, so we are old enough to remember when it was rare to hear of any brutal murder on the news. I hope everyone will finally put aside politics and do everything that can be done to prevent this in the future. This murder of babies is more than we as a society should ever accept.

      SID on December 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    • Jennie, I so ditto what you stated. This world is rapidly changing into a dark place where the light of the world is being quenched out of our public places, schools. Satan appears in this world as soddel serpert, a roaring lion, and can come as a angel of light deceiving, and killing. People need the Lord. May God help us all to overcome with love, prayer and most of all with the Word of God. My heart is breaking for those precious little ones. I cried all day and had to turn off the media, the grief is unbearable. If we all feel this depth of grief, what are the parents and families feeling ……may God have mercy on us all.

      Heading South on December 16, 2012 at 8:46 am
  9. It is a shame that the chimneys could not be salvaged in the lift.
    However I think it is fantastic that the DIY team is saving what they are, with the idea of repurposing them in future how-to projects.
    Like earlier commenters, I have complete confidence in the DIY team to create something "new" that will be an amazing updated Beach cottage while maintaing the historic character and charm of the original.

    Lester B. on December 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm
  10. It is a joy when signatures of builders, whether by name and date or the proverbial whiskey bottle in the wall, are found in an old place. Their time, sweat and probably tears went into it an they are remembered when it is rediscovered. Thank you for recognizing that some of these things have value beyond the dollar sign.

    In closing, we join all others tonight in prayers for Sandy Hook, CT and the souls of 20 innocent babes slain for no reason. And we grieve for the adults also taken leaving 26 families in mourning. We cannot imagine the pain in that town tonight. May God be with them.

    grammagail on December 15, 2012 at 12:42 am

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