Pictures posted in ABPW.
SWMBO and I had the privilege of revisiting Colonial Williamsburg a couple of
weeks ago, our first
time back in over 20 years. We spent over a week touring all the shops,
demonstrations, etc. One
of the items we admired at the St. George Tucker House was this gate.
While in the house, the host mentioned the gate during the tour. Seems this
particular gate was
built and installed in 1857 (nope, not a typo), and had been in use, outdoors,
all this time due to
the mortise and tennon construction. Like an absolute idiot, I didn't even
think to ask what it was
made from, but my guess would be white oak. White oak was extensively used for
siding both in the
originals and the repairs/reconstructions.
An absolutely wonderful trip for anyone interested in woodworking, history,
metal work, etc.