Saturday, January 5, 2013


Shed's Strap Hasp

Surprises can be found when looking at farm buildings -- such as finely crafted objects. John King's shed that stands on his Kentucky farm appears very utilitarian. Natural vertical boards with old saw marks define its personality. Its construction reflects permanence and stability. 

For me, the surprise on the shed's exterior was its attached hasp. A hasp is the latch-like metal piece that allows a lock to be attached to secure the door. 

This shed's hasp is made of heavy-duty iron (maybe cast?) and carries an old design. It is about 12 inches across and designed with a C scroll at one end and an arrow at the other. 

Why this lovely designed hasp was allocated to be on the simplest of King's farm buildings has  left me scratching my head? 

John King's Shed
For more about John King's farm click here


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    1. Birdman -- Appreciate your comment -- barbara

  2. I LOVE that first photo - great light and composition! And the contrast between the fancier and very large, sturdy hatch and the shed it's on makes me wonder what was (is) stored in it! That hatch is HUGE!

    1. Laloofah -- So many small things in our life we overlook. I found this shed rather plain but the hasp (hatch as you call it) was rather unusual. Funny that we have different names for the hasp/hatch. I think it might be a regional thing? Thanks for the nice comment -- barbara