We took a short family vacation the last couple of days and went to the Cincinnati Museum Center in Ohio. If you’ve never been there the architecture of the building is a neat art-deco building from 1932; originally built as a train depot.
Our intent for being there was for my two boys to enjoy the children’s museum but I was on the lookout for anything related to woodworking (architectural design, display design, etc.). I found a ton of architecture at both the museum and in Over the Rhine at the Findlay Market. Covington, KY, where we stayed, also had some really great historical architecture.
I attempted to do a search on woodworking in the area but came up short. There were some neat museum exhibits displaying the rise of industry.
The displays were minimal as far as a historic representation of an early furniture shop is concerned but both of my boys were able to identify the tools hanging on the wall. Around the corner we found a large slab of Redwood that was donated to the museum years ago. Interesting enough it was purchased for $35 and cost about that amount to have is shipped. I’m guessing that in today’s market it would cost around $14,000 or more.
This was a really useful way to explain to my boys how trees grow and how to identify their age. Admittedly, I was over-fascinated with the slab. The picture doesn’t detail the size very well. The slab is about 8′ across.
The museum had a gift shop attached that highlighted the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. I know very little about Wright’s work but this trip has inspired me to do some research. Also, in the gift shop was some pottery from Rookwood, a local pottery/tile manufacturer. We had the opportunity, while at the Findlay Market, to browse at the Rookwood gallery. They frame a lot of their work in an Arts and Crafts style frame made of quartersawn oak.
Overall, it was a good weekend with the family. I relaxed a little, (by reading Peter Galbert’s Chairmaker’s Notebook), played a little, and was inspired by the art around me.