My wagon, technically.
Ever run into one of those things you have always wanted, always? I received a pretty awesome Independence Day gift. There was a century old wagon/carriage (technically a buckboard, I believe) on the side of a friend’s antique shop on Saturday morning. When I see these sorts of things, I generally toss away the thought immediately, placing the item directly into the “I can’t possibly afford that” file.
I wandered over to the store, to say hello, see what’s going on. And the carriage came up in conversation. And it was for sale cheap. Real cheap. (Well, cheap for an antique wagon, I guess.) I immediately hightailed it home and asked if we could afford my dream wagon. After a brief discussion, we decided that if there is something you really have always wanted, and you can even vaguely afford it, go for it. So we did.
And you should have seen us rolling it down the road to our house!
I am now the proud owner of a 100-year-old buckboard, and it’s sitting in front of my wattle fence. It’s a bit rotted out here and there, and the seat & cart are gone, but that’s cool with me. I’ve already started sawing and patching and re-bolting, and I’m going to put the whole thing back together and build a new seat & box. Little bit of repair, rebuilding, and some sanding and painting, and it’ll be awesome. I’ve already trimmed and filled the rotted end of the-things-that-go-on-the-side-of-the-horse, and reattached them.
Awesome. And by the way, if anyone is more familiar with carriage/wagon terms than I am – if you know the actual names of some of the parts of these things (as opposed to the things-that-go-on-the-side-of-the-horse or the-box-on-top), please do enlighten me.