Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Antique Tool Donation

Tinker Farm Museum recently acquired some nice old mason and blacksmithing tools as seen in the picture above. After doing a little web surfing this is what I came up with, that and consulting with John Aldridge who married into the Tinker Family and farmed the land for many years.

John Aldridge at the barn dedication earlier this year.

Bowl Hewing Adze
;a tool, like an ax, used for chipping or slicing
away the surface of wood.

Blacksmith Tongs
tongs are used to hold the hot metal.
They come in a range of shapes and sizes.

;The handset or pitching tool is used for knocking large chunks of stone off the edge of a square block. It can be very effective in removing a lot of stone quickly.

Sharpening Strips
;Barbers used these leather strips to sharpen their blades.
The crowds were amazing and the treats yummy at this year's Halloween gathering here at the park. A BIG Thank You to the following for making this event the most successful yet.
Tinker Homestead Docents
Roth Middle School
Burger Middle School
RH Sperry High School
Boy Scout Troop 332 & their parents
Friends of the Hansen Nature Center
Joey & Davey DiPrimo
The Cardot Family (Ruth VanErp Alphabet Garden)

Barb Hasbrouck, Tinker Docent, presiding over the casket

Joan Reed, Tinker Docent, as the Wicked Witch

The Haunted Cow Barn

Talia Inastroza and Tony DeVeto volunteer spooks
New this year, the Haunted Herb Garden
Caretakers of the Garden

The maze in the horse barn was quite popular

Warren Tole and Dan Palmer entertained the crowds
John Giancursio, a Friend of the Nature Center, hands out treats
Woolly Bears and Weather Prediction?

Right about this time of the year you will find the woolly bear caterpillar racing across roadways and parking lots in search of a warm dry place to hibernate for winter. They will hibernate for the Winter then emerge in the Spring to make their cocoon.

The Cocoon of the Isia Isabella Moth

Isia Isabella Moth
The Banded Woolly Bear caterpillar (the weather forecaster) is the immature stage of the Isabella Moth, Isia Isabella. According to folklore, the woolly bears bands are said to predict the severity of the upcoming Winter. Short black bands mean a mild Winter, wide black bands predict a harsh one. Scientists have done studies on this and found the bands to have no foretelling of the future weather, however, steadfast believers rely on it still.

The fuzzy hairs on this particular caterpillar help to defend it from prey, birds especially. Skunks however like to make a game of it, by batting the woolly bear around and pulling off the hairs before indulging. Use caution when hold one as a defense mechanism is to detach it's hairs and stick them into their prey which can cause pain that varies in intensity from one person to another.

Visit http://www.backyardwildlifehabitat.info/captureabear.htm to learn how you can rear a Woolly Bear of your own.

Here are some other color variations of this cute little bear:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tinker Nature Park
Saturday, October 20, 2007

Come enjoy
Hansen Nature Center's
Woodland Wander
"Creatures of the Night"
A friendly guided walk visiting
costumed animals on the trail!

and at
The Tinker Homestead
~Victorian Funeral Display~
(in the Cobblestone)

~Haunted Cow Barn~
~Cider and Donuts in the Horse Barn~
All events are FREE, all ages and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required
Tinker Nature Park
1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY 14467
585-359-7044 Hansen Nature Center, Tim Pratt
585-359-7042 Tinker Homestead, Arleen Oliver
Victorian Terrariums

Terrariums were born in the Victorian age, when plant exploration was at its height.

A British physician named Nathaniel Ward was conducting experiments with caterpillars in the 1820s when he discovered, quite accidentally, that plant life could thrive in a glass jar.

This led to the invention of the Wardian case, a mostly glass container in which live plants could be safely shipped around the globe. It proved an enormous boon to plant exploration, protecting plants from salt spray and changing climates on long ocean voyages.

The glass cases captured the people's fancy. Upscale Victorians began growing plants in ever-more-ornate versions, like smaller-scale models of the era's elaborate crystal conservatories.

The Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum welcomed the Sherwood Garden Club for an afternoon of making Victorian Terrariums. Members had so much fun making these miniature gardens in glass and other containers. Being an avid Rock Gardener, I was able to bring in and share plants that are perfect for indoor terrariums, such as sedums, violets and mosses.

Jade, kalanchoe, hens and chicks and violets

Layers of pebbles, soil, activated charcoal, plants, and decorative elements are all that are needed to enjoy a garden under glass. You can purchase the gravel and the activated carbon at a pet supply store, swap plants with friends, and scour garage sales for containers making for an inexpensive project.

some of the smallest containers make the most beautiful gardens. Perfect for small spaces or a gift for an ailing friend.

Michael Weishan, host of America's oldest and most popular gardening TV show, The Victory Garden shows you how to create a beautiful terrarium for your home on his website: http://www.michaelweishan.com/ww_terrarium.htm
Harvest Festival 2007

It was a perfect Fall day her at the park for the annual Harvest Festival. A special thanks to the Tinker Docents and the Friends of the Hansen nature Center for all of their help.

Beekeepers Ed Schmitt and Damon Lincourt (below)
harvesting the honey from the combs.

Volunteers from Rush Henrietta BurgerMiddle School
hand out samples of a variety of Honey made recipes.

After the Honey has been bottled.

Families enjoy horse drawn wagon rides

The Little Wing Blues Band

The deer enjoy the apple harvest

Produce in the Horse barn

Warren Tole and a friend provide some old
fashioned entertainment in the barn.
What a Day!!!

A chipmunk under the wild rhubarb
What a busy early fall Saturday here at the park, even for the little critter's. Preparations for Harvest Fest were underway, friends meeting, badges acquired, wool dyed, and benefit walk.

The Friends of the Hansen Nature Center take a break to smile for the camera during their monthly meeting.

Tinker Homestead welcomes back Vicki Webeck for an outdoor Historical Wool Dyeing weekend.

Gathering Goldenrod,

Queen Anne's lace,

and English Walnut

Prepping the wool

Vicki pulls the fiber from the dye pots

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Thanks to the Boy Scouts for all their help and hard work decorating the park for the fall. They harvested the corn stalks and did lots of weeding in the amphitheater in preperation for the Harvest Fest concert.

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The Benefit walk for Patty Zeiner, a Henrietta resident and avid Tinker Nature Park walker, was a HUGE success. Patty was injured in a car accident and is currently undergoing recovery.

Webelo II Cub Scouts Pack 220 from Irondequoit had a great day to earn their Nature Badge.

Dan and Wendee, leaders along with Alex, Christopher, Peter and Campbell strike a pose!