SIDE NOTES

RE­NEW­ABLE AN­TIQUES IN SLATE

Old House Journal - - From the Editor - shel­don­s­late.com

In a fol­low-up to Mary Ellen Pol­son’s story on kitchensin­k re­pair (OHJ May 2020), John Tatko from the ven­er­a­ble Shel­don Slate com­pany wrote to tell us that they not only make new slate sinks but also re­fur­bish old ones: “We like old stuff and I hate to see peo­ple throw the sinks away.”

Lit­tle goes wrong with nat­u­ral slate, and chances are, an old slate sink that’s seen bet­ter days can be re­turned to use.

Most of the sinks that come into the fab­ri­ca­tion shop in Mon­son, Maine,

“are in the 100-year-old range. Our com­pany started in 1906, so there are a lot of them out there.” Slate is an in­cred­i­bly durable ma­te­rial. A sound sink may need only sur­face refinishin­g; oth­ers re­quire re­pairs or even a com­plete re­build, es­pe­cially if the sink has been left out in the weather.

And, if fix­ing your old sink is cost pro­hib­i­tive, don’t worry. “We’ll build you a new one for a lot less,” Tatko prom­ises. Shel­don Slate Prod­ucts Co.,

BE­LOW Shel­don Slate in­stalled this sink in a camp in Maine, 50 years ago. It was re­stored dur­ing a kitchen ren­o­va­tion.

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