When our barn came crashing down as the tornado smashed into it broadside, more than half of our stock and many prized possessions were crushed by the timber frame and its slate roof. Although we expect our insurance to allow us to restore a working inventory and rebuild our shop, it will take time. Constructing a new place of business will take the better part of a year, and we're reluctant to move to new quarters, preferring to concentrate our attention on the new structure and with it, a new beginning.
We've cancelled our 2017 Conway shows and expect to cancel all of our other shows for the next several months. As we rebuild our shop, we'll rebuild our inventory, piece by piece. We expect to return to England in September and October, and have already made flight reservations.
We're nearing the end of a exhaustive analysis of the scores of boxes, tubs, and piles that were rescued from the debris. Sadly, we've had to write off hundreds of things, but many others survived and will, with only minor refurbishments, be ready to return to our website. As we return things to the website, we'll list them here. We expect May's newsletter to contain a good assortment.
Next month we also plan to begin a monthly report on progress towards the completion of a new structure. Our contractor is a long-time friend and customer who, in real life is a restorer of period structures. His sense of history is well-suited to this task, and we know that he will help us to realize our own vision for the new barn. It will be an exciting ride, and we hope you'll follow its progress with us.