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S18 E17: Cherry Blossoms, Mount Rushmore

Jenn travels to Washington D.C. to see the Cherry Blossom Festival and then plants a cherry tree; Mark learns about how Mount Rushmore was built and demonstrates various techniques for cutting stone; Nathan visits Abraham Lincoln’s house. Then, he helps a homeowner to replace his traditional mortise hardware with hardware that locks.

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In this episode:

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.


Touring the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Jenn travels to Washington D.C. to see the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Where to find it?

Jenn toured the National Mall during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which occurs every Spring to celebrate the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States in the Spring of 1912.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by the National Mall and Memorial Parks Park Service and Cordt Gardens, LLC


How to Plant a Cherry Tree

Jenn helps a homeowner select and plant a cherry tree for his house.

Where to find it?

Jenn planted a Yoshino cherry, which grows best in Hardiness Zones 5-8 and can be purchased from a nursery or garden center.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Cordt Gardens, LLC


How Mount Rushmore was Created

Mark learns about how Mount Rushmore was built.

Where to find it?

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Mount Rushmore National Memorial.


How to Cut Stone with Hand Tools

Mark demonstrates various techniques for cutting stone with hand tools.

Where to find it?

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.


Touring Abraham Lincoln’s House

Nathan visits Abraham Lincoln’s house in Springfield, IL.

Where to find it?

Nathan toured the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.


How to Replace Full Mortise Door Hardware

Nathan helps a homeowner to replace his traditional mortise hardware with hardware that locks.

Where to find it?

Nathan used reproduction door hardware, provided by Rejuvenation. In order to match the existing hardware, he 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.

Original Air Date: March 29, 2020 Season 18; Ep.17 23:43


Products and Services from this Episode

Side trips
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Expert assistance
Cordt Gardens, LLC

Reproduction door hardware
Rejuvenation