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Pipe organ in Phila. Pa.

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Project by sphere posted 02-10-2010 05:18 AM 2106 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the front facade of a restored 1880’s era pipe organ at ST.Josephs College in Phila. Pa.

It is chestnut and walnut, the original organ facade was destroyed by fire in the 20’s.

Many, many hours and a ton of work in these things, plus a lot of nationwide travel, I grew tired of the road, but not the sound or the work.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works





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Cozmo35

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 05:25 AM

MAJESTIC!!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

#2 posted 02-10-2010 05:27 AM

what a masterpeice that is by far the prettiest project i have seen on here so far

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sphere

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 05:42 AM

Thank You, we had done a few around the country back then. Unfortunately my portfolio got stolen shortly after I moved to Ky, when some scum bag broke into my van, and probably mistook it for a CD case. I have very few GOOD photos of the best work I have done.

Most were before digital and negatives have degraded or become lost in the shuffle of changing abodes over the years.

Pipe Organ building is probably the most demanding woodworking I have ever encounterd, between the windchests, facade or casework, framing, windage trunk lines and tracker action, you have to be crazy to do it.

Natcherally, everything has to be air tight and QUIET unless it’s supposed to make noise, all parts are bushed with felt and leather, and nothing can click clack or hiss.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 05:50 AM

Beautiful. I love to listen to pipe organ music.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 06:08 AM

I ;love old pipe organs. Beautiful restoration!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 06:12 AM

Wow this looks just like the one I restored last week NOT
An amazing pipe organ and fantastic restoration.

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 06:28 AM

very nice work.

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 06:28 AM

if that doesn’t bring a wood worker to organism, I don’t know what would…. absolutely a great job!

Erik

-- Erik

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 08:23 AM

Wow, I don’t think anything I can say would be good enough to compliment that organ!
What a beaut!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 02-10-2010 09:12 AM

Beautifully done and quite the project! I remember the organ in the old movie theatre in Honolulu. They renovated the theatre and painted the ceiling a deep blue with sunset accents and they had an organ player as a pre-feature attraction. You do very nice work.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 01:02 PM

Sphere,

While you were working in Philadelphia on this magnificent project, did you get the opportunity to visit and/or listen to the Wanamaker organ?

http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/

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sphere

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#12 posted 02-10-2010 02:12 PM

“While you were working in Philadelphia on this magnificent project, did you get the opportunity to visit and/or listen to the Wanamaker organ?”

Sure have, I grew up North of Phila. Our organ shop was In Stowe,Pa. We serviced and tuned many area organs and installed a few more in the area, like Princeton United Methodist and a smaller church in Harleysville,Pa.

Atlantic city has a good one too.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#13 posted 02-10-2010 02:14 PM

What a great restoration.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 02-10-2010 03:05 PM

That is awesome…......I’ll bet it looks even more fabulous in person.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#15 posted 02-10-2010 03:57 PM

I agree with everything my LJ buddies just said, it is truly a work of art.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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