Jenn travels to Washington D.C. to see the Cherry Blossom Festival and then helps a homeowner select and plant a cherry tree for his own house; Mark learns about how Mount Rushmore was built and demonstrates various techniques for cutting stone; Nathan visits Abraham Lincoln’s house in Springfield, IL. Then, he helps a homeowner to replace his traditional mortise hardware with hardware that locks.
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Jenn toured the National Mall during the National Cherry Blossom Festival (https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/ ), which occurs every Spring to celebrate the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States in the Spring of 1912.
Jenn planted a Yoshino cherry, which grows best in Hardiness Zones 5-8 and can be purchased from a nursery or garden center.
Mark demonstrated a variety of stone cutting tools, including feather and wedges, a hand tracer, and a hand point. These can all be found at home centers and masonry supply stores.
In order to match the existing hardware, Nathan purchased individual components that included Plain 2in Door Knob, Colonial Revival Plate, Colonial Revival Plate with Thumbscrew, Replacement Privacy Strike Box Kit in Burnished Antique, 3-1/12 Inch Doorknob Spindle, and Privacy Mortise Lock, all in Burnished Antique finish.
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Expert assistance with this segment was provided by the National Mall and Memorial Parks Park Service
(https://www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm ) and Cordt Gardens, LLC (http://www.cordtgardens.com/ )
Expert assistance with How to Plant a Cherry Tree was provided by Cordt Gardens, LLC (http://www.cordtgardens.com/ )
How Mount Rushmore was Created. Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Mount Rushmore National Memorial (https://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm ).
Nathan toured the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (https://www.nps.gov/liho/index.htm ).
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