Monday, June 22, 2009

The Secret Garden sale

The Secret Garden are having their annual Summer Sale and Open day of antique and salvaged garden ornaments, architectural items and garden features on Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June starting 8.00am - 3.30pm (both days).

Shaun Beales of The Secret Garden said, "We have two or three sale weekends a year, this weekend 27th/28th June being the second sale of the year. We have a good mix of antique, vintage and weathered garden ornament with many unusual pieces. This sale features amongst many other pieces an impressive Victorian stone reredos in the form of a church tower, a Victorian sandstone font and a good vintage wrought iron gazebo all in a part garden, part yard setting. So why not pop in on the way to or from the Salvo Fair."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Grave matter at salvofair

Cox's Architectural Reclamation will be showing just a few of the 260 york stone slabs recently reclaimed from a cemetery in London.

Peter Watson from Cox's Architectural Salvage said, "It seems to be a particularly London tradition to place large slabs over graves onto which monuments and statues were then erected. Whether it was to prevent grave robbing and the selling of corpses and skeletons to barber surgeons for teaching purposes, history doesn't relate.

This particular cemetery had not been used for many years and is being converted into an amenity playground. The Church is still in use.

These york stone slabs have many reuses as steps, platforms, benches and tables and flagstones. Cox's will have a slab measuring 8ft x 6 ft x 5" on 4 saddle stone bases as a table. Plus some samples of other sizes."

Cox's Architectural Salvage Yard

Travertine Marble at Salvo Fair 2009

Scottish dealer Neale Hargreaves has 600sqm of Travertine Marble flooring to bring to this years Salvo Fair. Each slab is 20mm thick and measures 940mm by 470mm.

The 600sqm is what he has left from 16,000sqm of the original flooring he reclaimed from the Royal Museum (natural history museum) on Chambers Street in Edinburgh. The museum has recently undergone a £46 million refurbishment.

Neale will be offering the flooring at a special show price of £70 a square meter.


USA plan to drive up property prices by demolishing 40 per cent of the housing in some cities

Obama housing stimulus: If you want the price to rise, reduce the supply!

Mr Kildee treasurer of Genesee County, Michigan said he will concentrate on 50 cities, identified in a recent study by the Brookings Institution, an influential Washington think-tank, as potentially needing to shrink substantially to cope with their declining fortunes. Most are former industrial cities in the "rust belt" of America's Mid-West and North East. They include Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Memphis.

A new state law passed a few years ago allows local governments to buy up empty properties very cheaply. The local authority in Flint has already demolished 1,100 homes in outlying areas and Kildee estimates another 3,000 will be razed.

Putting this into perspective, local government is using State law and taxpayers' money, naming their (very cheap) price to 'purchase' empty properties it deems undesirable and also to buy up the more desirable empty properties; then demolishing the 'undesirables' and offering to sell the 'desirable' properties to the very taxpayers whose money was used to pay for them in the first place. There is no mention of what happens if the rightful owners of the 'empty' properties decide they do not want to sell or don't like the 'very cheap' price assigned to the transaction.

Nolan Chart

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Salvaged canal dredger and antique Oxford Uni stonework regales Ronsons massive Salvo Fair stand

Above: Historic canal workboat blow dredger, Debris, will form the centrepeice of Ronson's stand, the biggest at Salvo Fair 2009

Knebworth, Herts UK - RONSON Reclaim of Gloucestershire is bringing a recently salvaged and restored a historic canal workboat blow dredger as the centrepiece to its 90ft long stand at this year's Salvo Fair. Known as 'Debris', she was orginally registered to British Waterways as No 386, and now has a Perkins 80hp diesel engine and will be fited with a bow-mounted blow dredger on a hydraulic arm. Also for sale on their stand, the largest at this years fair, will be antique stonework from the demolition of the Department of Physiology at Oxford University recently undertaken by Ronsons.

Salvo Fair
Ronson Reclaim

Tools with a mission collection at Salvo Fair 2009

Tools With A Mission enables people to earn a living and support themselves. In many countries of the world people have few skills, little education and no means of earning a living. A switch from aid dependency to self sufficiency is impossible without help.

TWAM started twenty three years ago, and has since then given this help by collecting and refurbishing tools and equipment no longer required in the UK and sending them overseas.

Salvo have decided to collect tools for Tools With A Mission at the up-coming Salvo Fair 2009 and we are asking for your donations. If you are planing to come to the fair please bring any tools from the attached tools list with you and leave them at the Salvo exhibitor tent and we will transport them to the Tools With A Mission office.

Tools wanted list


reuse planters

Above: Planters made from heavy-duty recycled sacks and ribbon. Sizes vary but about 13cm (h)


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Planks for the memories

Above: The Coney Island Boardwalk provokes powerful nostalgia for those who stepped upon it.

Above: Bennett Orfaly 45, and the chair he purchased made from boardwalk wood.

Daily News Brooklyn

As Coney Island performs major repair work on the aging wooden walkway, a Manhattan company has been quietly salvaging the discarded planks to turn into furniture it trumpets is made from “a piece of New York City history.”

Olde Good Things, which specializes in architectural salvage has been using the aged Brazilian walnut boards that once welcomed throngs of beachgoers to make benches and tables. The company also sells old planks by the foot for homeowners to use for outdoor decking, either “reworked” or in its original condition with its natural ocean-weathered gray patina.

Daily News Brooklyn

Sad to announce death of Anthony Denman

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Antony “Hank” Denman in a tragic motorcycle accident.

Hank, 44 was involved in a head – on collision at East Stour on the A30 , near his home at Sturminster Newton on the evening of June 4th. Hank was airlifted to Dorset County Hospital and died a short time later.

Hank was one of life’s great guys and always gracious and overflowing with energy. The tributes on reflect not just his popularity but the genuine affection everyone who knew him had for the big man.

Kevin Harris from Masco worked with Hank on several major projects and spoke with him minutes before he set off on the last fateful journey. He and Kevin were always plotting new schemes and they shared a wicked sense of humour. Everyone who had any dealings with Hank will find it difficult to comprehend how such a wonderful spirit could be replaced.

Antony was a stonemason by trade and an entrepreneur by nature. He worked independently and with Chris Daniels, Scott Lewis and haulier Pete Manning in recent years after working for Ken Bolan at Talisman with John Robbins.

Hank and Chris worked avidly as supporters of , the mass extinction memorial observatory project involving the creation of a bell to forewarn of the danger to threatened species.

Steve and Carl Horler (Frome Reclamation) recall Hank as a wonderful friend.
One of his biking friends said that it was with tears in his eyes that he recalled Hanks fond memory, it is with heavy hearts that we shall remember him as a very decent and gentle man.

We send our sympathy to his wife Kate , their children and the family from his many friends in the Architectural Salvage industry.

The funeral will be held on Monday 15th June, 14.30pm at Hazelbury Bryan (DT10 2ED). The wake will be held at Pigsty Cottage. All friends are welcome.

Writes Steven Tomlin of MASCO


Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Olympia London 5-14 June 2009

Now in its 36th year, the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is housed in Olympia’s magnificent Grand Hall and has over 260 British and International exhibitors. These exhibitors include Salvo Code Dealer Alex Puddy of Architectural Heritage.

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

DMG sell all four of their big antique fairs

DMG Antique Fairs, organisers of four of the biggest antiques and collectors' fairs in the UK, have been sold by their parent company.

Following a deal finalised on May 31, the Newark, Ardingly, Shepton Mallet and Detling fairs are now owned by former Daily Mail Group executive Keith Harris and veteran exhibition organiser Robert Thomas.

They plan to revive the brand IACF (International Antiques and Collectors' Fairs) - the name of the business before it was given its corporate branding.

This year has also seen the sale of both the SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) fairs and the 'showground' fair held five times a year in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both were acquired in April by former DMG senior executives Michael Franks and Mark Lyman, who have formed The Art Fair Company to run the events.

The focus will now be on Newark which in term of exhibitor and visitor numbers has wandered markedly with the changing trends that have hit the 'grass roots' antique trade.

Mr Thompson emphasised that the new owners anticipate few major changes to an experienced team, "There is a really dedicated professional team based in Newark an we are looking forward to working closely with them to ensure the fair maintains their pre-eminent position as the UK's biggest and best," he said.

Extracted taken from ATG 6 June 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Impressive 1911 London Hotel Urns and stunning 1920's stone doorway at Salvo Fair 2009

Above: One of a pair of stone urns from Normandie Hotel, Knightsbridge, London coming to Salvo Fair 2009
. £3,500 + vat for the pair

Above: The urns will be on V&V Reclamation's stand at Salvo Fair, who are the most local exhibitor to Knebworth House, and have had a jumbo pitch for six years.

Above: A stone shield, also from the Normandie Hotel, Knightsbridge, London and coming to Salvo 2009.
£1,200 + vat

First stop at the Salvo Fair this year for many people will be the jumbo pitch shared by Jason Davies of Architectural Forum, Islington, London and Ed Pearce of V & V Reclamation, Herts. Jason and Ed make a herculean effort every year, being the first exhibitors on site, and normally the last to leave, and filling their artic lorry size pitch with all kinds of wonderous exhibits!

This year, making an appearance, will be two tall stone urns and a shield from the old Knightsbridge Palace Hotel, which was built in 1911. It was renamed the Normandie Hotel in 1937 and closed in 1977. Since then the site has been subject to many proposals, most involve returning to hotel use. In 2006, Waterloo Real Estate was granted permission to build a 155 room hotel for the Bulgaris hotel chain. As a result of the renovation the urns were removed from the hotel exterior from four storeys up.

Also on the V&V-Architectural Forum pitch will be a beautiful stone 10ft high doorway from St Barnabas Church vicarage, Lavender Hill in Battersea. The vicarage was built in 1926, and was demolished to make way for a smaller, more financially viable building, as many our these days.

Below: The carved heads of saints on the St Barnabas Vicarage doorway built 1926, coming to Salvo 2009. Doorway priced at £2,500 + vat

St Barnabas Church News

Times Online: Normandie Hotel

V&V Reclamation

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The House that Kevin (McCloud) Built comes to Salvo Fair

Reusefully is a newly established reclamation company focusing on surplus and reusable building products, based in Northamptonshire. Run by experts in construction waste minimisation and site waste management planning, offering a practical solution by matching supply and demand, Reusefully provides a free collection service for surplus and good quality used building products. This can be from any local building site, household or premises where there is a need to remove these products/materials. We also supply reclaimed building products and materials, adding value where appropriate, and can provide data on the amount of material reused, represented by carbon savings

Reusefully will have various products available at Salvo Fair, including a range of garden planters made from 'the House that Kevin (McCloud) Built', last seen on Grand Designs Live 2008. Unfortunately, the roof and upper floor engineered components were unable to be reused in their original application so we transformed them into unique, durable and practical reusefully roof2garden planters. Various other products will be displayed, so come and browse. Younger viewers, and those with smallish hands, can also take part in our lucky dip.

Contact details: Gilli & Kath tel: 01604 289007

Reusefully website (site under construction)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

More good publicity for the reclamation industry on national television

"When Jules and the team from Escape to the Country were looking to do a follow up program to link with those they had done featuring chapel conversions, their natural first port of call was Bristol’s Robert Mills Ltd.

"Robert Mills’ chairman, Colin Scull, will happily talk to anyone (at great length) about gothic detailing, the uses of gothic items and all the different ways of modifying and re-using them. While the TV crew were there they also picked Colin’s brains on barn conversions.

"Jules Hudson and his film crew came to the Robert Mills Ltd Bristol warehouse last November. Part of that filming is to be aired tonight, 3rd June 2009, on BBC 2 at 5.15pm, when you can catch Colin’s gothic pearls of wisdom. Another Escape to the Country on barn conversions will be aired on Thursday 4th, again featuring the Robert Mills showroom," said Kate from Robert Mills.

Robert Mills

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Inovative reuse

Above: There is a lot of creative reuse going on out there, and a great example are these Repurposed Truck Spring Kitchen Stools.

apartment therapy

Accolade for historic development

The Merchant's House, in Shepton Mallet, won the accolade of Project of The Year in the 2009 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South West Awards, hosted by Bob Constantine, former business and political editor for ITV.

The award is presented to a scheme judged to have excelled in one or more of the other award categories, which include building conservation, community benefit, regeneration and sustainability.

The development, entered by JM Renovations, involved conservation and restoration of a derelict Grade II-listed 17th century wool merchant's house, returning it to a family home. The project has seen the exposure and restoration of historic features including fireplaces, and the rebuilding and repair of cellar vaults.

The man behind the project and the owner of the property, Jon Maine, said: "I thought we had a fair chance of winning, although I didn't expect two awards. My total involvement with the building spans 17 years and the last five have been very hard work. I'm ecstatic to have been named as the overall winner."

Merchant's House now automatically goes forward to the national awards, the winners of which will be announced on October 16 and presented by Kevin McCloud at a special ceremony held at the Honourable Artillery Company, in London.

This is Somerset

Inventor of public lavatory honoured in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

George Jennings, the inventor of the first public lavatory, has been honoured alongside the man who created the modern dustbin in a series of new entries to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

As the edition focuses for the first time on people who have improved the domestic habits of Britain, such as gardeners, landscape architects and domestic engineers.

George Jennings gains a place for having invented the first public lavatories for the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851. He charged one penny for the innovative concept, which led to the expression "spending a penny".

Potter Thomas Twyford (1849 -1921) who produced the first one-piece china toilet, and John Shanks (1825-1895), one of the first people who mass-produced lavatories and fitted out the Titanic bathrooms, join fellow Victorian Sir Thomas Crapper, who improved the flush toilet, in the dictionary.

The Telegraph

Monday, June 01, 2009

Antiques are Green Campaign is Launched

Taken from: Antiques Trade Gazette 18 May 2009

“Our product is sustainable, re-usable and re-saleable. We must all work to make people aware that antiques are green.” So says Beaconsfield dealer Nigel Worboys.

"I have had a retail shop for a number of years but it is only recently that I have really begun to speak to customers about the obviously green credentials of antiques. Now I find that after a few minutes’ conversation on the subject there is a look of recognition as the customer first relates antiques to recycling.

"As the conversation progresses, it also becomes evident that there are no additional greenhouse gases being produced as a result of their purchase, no rain forests will be depleted or additional raw materials used.

"The customer is now feeling more comfortable about the purchase in the knowledge that 'antiques are green'. They can justify their purchase and they now have that feel-good factor on top.

"But wouldn’t it be far easier for us all if the buying public at large were aware of all this before they came in to see us? If they already knew antiques were green because they had read it on numerous occasions. Now that opportunity is here and I hope that we all unite – dealers, auctioneers, fair organisers, restorers, publishers, in fact anybody involved in the trade – to make this a roaring success.

My proposals for achieving this is;
*To promote additional sales and the preservation of antiques by capitalising on their green credentials.
*To attract a new audience who might not have considered antiques before.
*To present antiques as an alternative to a new purchase.
*To develop a sustainable 'Not for Profit' business that can continue to support the Antiques are Green message.
*To raise funds for green projects that are related to the trade, such as tree-planting.
*To offer help, advice and incentive for the trade to reduce its carbon footprint."

Antiques Trade Gazette