Make do and mend

Working in the 1870s Logan Brae is a tremendous privilege, but caring for a 130+ year old house comes with its challenges ... For example, when things break it is sometimes not possible to find the right replacement parts. Shane, our creative maintenance man, does a wonderful job of improvising when this happens. Most recently he used the "wing" of a butterfly clip to replace a broken spring in an old door handle.

 This photo shows the inside of the door handle/lock mechanism, with the wing of the butterfly clip in place (visible on the right side of the mechanism). The butterfly clip from which the wing was taken, and the door handle, which will be reinserted when the mechanism is reassembled on the door, are shown at the bottom and right of the photo.

This photo shows the inside of the door handle/lock mechanism, with the wing of the butterfly clip in place (visible on the right side of the mechanism). The butterfly clip from which the wing was taken, and the door handle, which will be reinserted when the mechanism is reassembled on the door, are shown at the bottom and right of the photo.