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Photographed in Hartland, Vt., on Feb. 21, 1973, Ralph Best, left, and Alonzo Martin have spent the past 50 years pursuing a career in hand-crafting doors, sashes and windows in their 110-year-old mill in Hartland founded by Martin’s great-grandfather. Part of the mill will be converted into a museum by the plant’s new owner, George Cobb. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Ralph Best works in the Martin’s Mill building between Martinsville and Lulls Brook, making hand-crafted doors, sashes and windows in Hartland, Vt., on Feb. 21, 1973. At one point, there were three mills in town that specialized in hand-crafted woodworking. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.