As you may have read, we have cancelled our shows for the immediate future. While we briefly considered holding our Spring Show in an alternate venue, the concept held little appeal for us, and the uncertain state of our inventory and the cancellation of our March/April trip to Europe made the decision for us. Each day holds far too many important decisions and deadlines to allow serious travel.
Plans for the barn that will become the new home of our business are moving ahead. We plan to build a classic English barn, with three bents arrayed parallel to the road, rather than perpendicular to it as before. The barn will occupy sixty percent of the old foundation and will have the profile of a saltbox as approached from the north. No one will confuse this new structure with the old, and its appearance will place it in the late 18th century - the age of our home - rather than in the 1860's as before. The main floor will be mostly display space, with an office on the north end. The basement will contain our workshop, with storage areas for furniture, and the second floor will house additional workspace, storage, and our library. The work will be done by some of the finest artisans in the area, and we expect to begin within the month.
We have made arrangements to travel to Holland and England in the fall. We plan to follow our usual itinerary and bring home a fair amount of fresh stock. Whether or not to hold a Fall Show at home will be determined by the progress on the new barn. At this time, it is simply too soon to tell.