Karasek Equipment Building/Lewis Weaving Mill

weaving.jpg  Visible in the exterior picture is the “Karesec green” building paint used on the trim of all their farm buildings.

This building was originally a 60’x17′ 1/2′ open front car, tractor shed. It stood to the right of the driveway between the house and barn of the Karasec Farm, in Hinckley Twp., Medina Co. One day when I was driving by I saw work crews bulldozing the property’s buildings. They were clearing the land so the new owners, who were from the city, could build a more modern house. The original house dated to the 1800’s.

I was given permission to try to save the building, if I could do it in three days. They’d be back on Monday to finish the removals of what I didn’t get done. Friday I removed the metal roof and got it home. Saturday I cut the walls into sections and dropped them to the ground and Sunday we picked the sections up (by hand with the help of several friends) and took them home.

While I was doing all that, I also found time to dig thru the very large dumpster in which all the tools and other useable goods from the farm had been unceremoniously dumped. I got lots of great museum pieces. …One man’s “junk”, is another man’s…

Just a few days before I acquired this building, I had decided to build a 30×17 building beside the museum’s driveway. I wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, maybe a maple syrup cooker or weaving mill or cider mill. I wasn’t sure. I just wanted to build 30’x17′. It simply was what would fit in the space.

So now I had a 60’x17’1/2″ three sided building that could perfectly be turned into a 30’x17′. One of the neatest things about it was that the way I cut the original building into pieces. I was able to rearrange the sections to place the windows and doors centered in the walls as if built that way intentionally. Looking at it now, you’d be hard pressed to guess it was ever anything than what it is now.

I used the original metal roof and kept the same angles, but I replaced the open 2×4 “ceiling” joists with trees I cut from the farm. I debarked them and they look much better than the 2×4’s. They are also considerably stronger, esp. since I bolted them to the wall headers instead of meerly nailing them as was done originally.

I then sawed 24″ wide pine boards at the museum’s mill, and paneled the entire interior with the rough sawn wood. The pine boards are an almost white color, so the building is much lighter inside and it’s warmer in winter. I also added a wood stove.

In the center of the building’s interior picture is the Lewis Loom. It was built by the Lewis family between 1740 and 1760. The last completed weaving on the loom was a four color red, white and blue counterpane, which the family produced during the War Between the States.

The loom has remained in the family, traveling with each generation from New Hampshire, to Maryland, to Ohio and back to Baltimore. Three years ago the decendant Lewis’s called the museum to ask if we would like the loom and blanket. We just needed to come to the coast to get it. A friend, Sonja, and I drove her van to Baltimore to pick up the loom and bring it home. The Lewis’s were a very nice family to meet, and they gave the museum the loom, counterpane, pictures of “Grandma”, and a school report grandma had written as a little girl about the family loom.

In the picture of the outside the building you can see a hitching post and water pump saved from a farm in Hinckley Twp. You can also see a small cement water trough from the Lloyd Davis Farm in Richfield Twp.

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