By Jeff Hopper
This is the tale of a plunge. Two weeks ago a friend in the building trades told me that one of the local lumber companies was closing. Not so odd given today’s economic climate, but it was one of the last lumberyards in this area that was also a lumber mill. I used some of their true 2x4’s in work on our circa 1914 house, no need to thicken to modern 2x4’s, these were the real thing with their furred edges. The same day I heard this I read that the Dalgliesh Tartan Mills, www.dcdalgliesh.co.uk, in Selkirk, Scotland had almost finished their last run in 2011. The tartan mill was saved, at least for the time being, but the lumber mill was not.
|Ancient Campbell from D.C. Dalgliesh LTD|
|Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax by Sir Godfrey Kneller, oil on canvas,|
circa 1690-1695. NPG, London
Guest blogger Jeff Hopper is the Project Director of Blue Tree Publishing House and holds an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard University (2012). This is the first in a series on men's wear and textiles.