Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Stained Glass Repair – 1

I dropped by St. Paul’s today to observe the process of re-installing stained glass windows. Williams Stained Glass Studio had removed the clerestory windows on the south side of the building weeks ago for rehabilitation, and two workman were putting the restored windows back in place. At the time of my visit, all but one of the windows had been replaced.

I was told that the windows being re-installed were much in need of repair, being very distorted. For some reason, the windows on the opposite side of the nave are in better shape. A stained glass window needs to be repaired every 80–100 years, apparently. St. Paul’s seems to be right on schedule.

Re-installing the clerestory windows requires a lift inside and one outside. Outside access is probably easier. Inside access involves moving pews and positioning a scissor lift. Moving pews is not, in principle, difficult. I was told that screwing the pews back down often encounteres holes that do not readily hold a screw. (I have personally encountered this problem in the church.)

Next week, the lower windows on the same side of the building will be removed.

The pictures below will give you a sense of the work Williams is doing at the church. Click on a picture to see a larger image.

Williams Stained Glass Studio truck
Williams Stained Glass Studio truck parked on Mayfair Drive

Window in truck ready to be installed
Window in Williams truck ready for installation

Outdoor lift
Outdoor lift

View of the nave
View of the nave. The window closest to Washington Road remains to be installed.

Scissor lift
Scissor lift

St. Luke window
St. Luke window


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