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Forum topic by Mark posted 07-27-2010 12:43 AM 1178 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2010 12:43 AM

This is a current pic of the church just before the scaffold was built around the building.

This is a pic of the top being removed back in Feb 2008.

So this is the current project that I am working on and it is a great project to be a part of. This is a church built in 1859 and is visual from miles away as well as hearing its bells. I decided to post this today just because I started working there as of today and this was a church built with craftsmanship by the hands of real craftsmen. I was up about 100’ high on the scaffold today and was recognizing the very fine outdoor trim work done on the building and as well the masonry done on it. It amazes me to know how much was put into this building and comparing it to todays technology. It puts me to shame knowing how advanced things are now compared to then. We have it easy is what I have to say. It makes me really respect the ones who did this kind of work. Not the attention that this church gets from the community but the thoughts I get about people building this church from the start is what really makes me feel why its getting restored. Kudos to the real craftsmen!

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 01:21 AM

hands across time , mark .

it’s great you are there ,
that you have been picked to do this ,
is a testimony to your gift .

all that training you got at HD is paying off (LOL) !

keep us posted .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 01:23 AM

ya patron…welcome to HD how may I help you? lol

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 02:36 AM

How wonderful Mark.

The building is 151 years old and you are part of restoring it.
The craftsmanship today is as good as that so long ago, only the methods and tools change some.

I would feel honored to be a part of that project because 151 years from now a guy just like you, will take his tools to the next restoration and be in awe of the work you did to bring this beauty back to life.

He may feel that you guys had to know your stuff and really hump it to get the job done with the “primitive tools” available in 2010…sort of put things in perspective…for me at least.

Ahh well, just take pride in your work and respect what came before and you will be fine.

-- .

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 04:10 AM

What are you going to be doing?

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 04:44 AM

Great project. Keep us informed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 07-27-2010 06:42 AM

Very cool project need help maybe David and I could come ?

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 07-27-2010 10:43 PM

as of right now our crew is tearing down most of the masonry. The brick supporting this building is about 3’ thick and we are tearing away a few layers of it so it can be supported and new brick can be layed on the exterior. thats our part of the contract anyway. This whole building is getting redone. The timber framing of it is just crumbling like a tim hortons muffin.

-- M.K.

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#8 posted 07-28-2010 03:57 AM

Well done Mark. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 07-29-2010 02:42 AM

They just don’t build them like they used to. I look forward to periodic reports on progress and your observations of the original construction aspects of the church.

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#10 posted 07-29-2010 11:34 PM

no prob knothead…i’ll try to get some pics while on the job

-- M.K.

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