Issue 801

Issue 801

Old Ideas for Today?

Rob Johnstone Photo

Last weekend, my wife Mary and I spent some time in Madison County, Iowa. One thing we did was visit a couple of the famed covered bridges. As someone who works with wood, I was interested in their construction techniques — very sturdy. But as someone who lives in the Arctic north, I found myself wondering why we don’t make covered bridges these days. After all, bridge decks are usually slipperier than roadways and are the first to become iced up. Let’s put some roofs on our modern bridges and make life a whole lot better. (I’m an idea guy!)

Other events in and around Des Moines were eating great meals and staying in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne’s birthplace. What do you think of that, pilgrim?

Bridge of Madison County

John Wayne Boulevard

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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