Taking a little time off always reconnects me to a sense of wonder. Here is a whelk shell . It's hard to beat the man upstairs for good design.
I am doing some consulting work in Tulsa for one of my clients. I had to go downtown to talk to the local Codes Department. I was amazed at the buildings in the downtown area. There were a number of beautiful Art Deco buildings, some Arts & Crafts inspired residential, a sprinkling of International styles buildings as well as a few modern additions.
Here are some photos. Tell me what you think...
We have been doing some minor renovations to a condo at the Icon on the Gulch building. This is a new stainless steel peninsula and cabinet. It is the centerpiece of the work we have done here.
My family spent last Saturday morning having breakfast at the Readyville Mill outside of Murfreesboro, TN. The mill produces a variety of flours and grits for sale, and has a restaurant that operates on Saturday mornings. I decided to share these photos, because I think that there is an amazing amount of craftsmanship in these buildings.
The owner of the mill was grinding corn into meal as well as producing grits and chicken feed at the same time. He stated that he bought the mill in 2006 several decades after the mill stopped operating. He spent 5 years making improvements and reopened in the mill in 2011.
Here are several chutes that the grain travels down to the grinding floor after it is cleaned.
Right now the owner is using an electric grinder. The original grindstones were operated by a turbine underneath the building. The owner is attempting to make this functional again but needs additional funding.
The 2nd floor is used for storage after the grain is cleaned.
We noticed how the funnels were created out of wood rather than tin.
Here is the original grainery that has been converted into a restaurant and store. The entire building rests on an outcropping of limestone. There is a reason Tennessee's called Rocky Top. I also really admire how they used several old millstones as footings on the porch.
Looks like it's taken me almost a week to get this out, oh well... Hope you enjoy!
If you would like to visit the mill yourself,, here is their website:
Remodel of 5000 square feet of space for The Bailey Company's administrative offices. This was our second job for the Bailey Company. Special attention was paid on energy efficiency. Additional insulation and LED trough fixtures added.
Hello, my name is Brian F. Williams and I am the owner/ operator of Craftsman Contractors. I have been reworking my website recently and am trying to engage my social media more directly. I had a website that was a signpost that routed the users to a Facebook page where I wold post photos of my work and articles that I found interesting. I am having a bit of downtime in my workflow, so I decided to rework my "online presence."
I am writing a blog so I may engage across several platforms, and I am hoping that it will help me connect with my clients, my colleagues and others who are fascinated by design and construction.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this. Talk to you soon.