Restoration

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Leaded light rebuild exposed

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Conservation, Current projects, Restoration, Uncategorized

Leaded light rebuild exposed

Montague Road in Cambridge has seen several leaded lights come to my workshop Here is the leaded light apart with the central portion still to be stripped Cracked glass needs to be matched and replaced – this is all caused by the distortion of the leaded panel. As the door slams shut the glass and lead have weight which gradually makes the panel creep – the further from the hinge the greater the force applied. I added some sponge draft excluder to the door surround to soften the closing. Client had this to say on completion: ‘All looks good and hopefully will last a good...

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Attention seeking requires lead light repair

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 in Current projects, Restoration, Uncategorized

Attention seeking requires lead light repair

Attention seeking requires lead light repair since after all what better way than to use a thrown shoe? End of term required some celebration at Emmanuel College in Cambridge. Finding yourself locked out of your room in the University halls means you need the help of a fellow undergraduate. What better way to attract their attention than to throw a shoe at their window? I have repaired many leaded windows at Emmanuel College in the past and this is a simple repair. The lead came could be straightened and matching glass used to bring the window back into service. It is unusual for attention...

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French Resistance – leaded glass window repair

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 in Current projects, Maintenance, Restoration

French Resistance – leaded glass window repair

French Resistance – leaded glass window repair to a leaded window which would not give in. Not everyone is aware quite how strong a leaded window is – certainly the would-be burglar in Bury St Edmunds had a surprise when he tried to gain entry through a french door in a house in the town – despite battering a hole in it they were unable to climb through. I was on site within three hours of the first call and working around the team from Suffolk Constabulary’s SOCO I secured the property using an interim plain glazing solution. The leaded window having put up such a...

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Negative Feedback?! Fixing broken Ebay purchases

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Current projects, Restoration

Negative Feedback?! Fixing broken Ebay purchases

 Negative Feedback?! Fixing broken Ebay purchases. Recently we had an enquiry from an ebay user who had successfully bid on these doors without actually seeing them. Whilst negative feedback warns others what our customer needed to do was find a way of fixing the broken purchase seemlessly.  They were located in a private house in Hampstead which was being refurbished and due to be stripped out. The listing was short and simply stated: Beautiful internal doors in silver chrome look frame with coloured glass panels and with one additional comment: Odd mark on frame as shown in...

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Leaded glass windows rebuild – St Denys, Bury St Edmunds

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 in Current projects, Restoration

Leaded glass windows rebuild – St Denys, Bury St Edmunds

Leaded glass windows rebuild – St Denys, Bury St Edmunds. Recently I have been working at St Denys repairing some broken panes and rebuilding two window units which were collapsing. This image shows the new units back in place – I carefully removed them and salvaged all the original glass before rebuilding the windows with each pane identically placed – these should be good for another hundred years. As you can see using matching lead it is impossible to discern new from old – the rebuilt ones are in the lower line either side of the central window. On the first...

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St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill – Stained glass restoration

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in Current projects, Gallery, Restoration

St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill – Stained glass restoration

St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill - a kick around with a football during a church barbeque had rather unfortunate results for this early window. Bringing everything back into shape required not just replacing the glass but also straightening and shortening the distorted lead cames. This task requires a good deal of patience as all the elements of the window are very delicate. Using matching handmade glass ensured that the result matches perfectly. ‘You have done an exceptional job, no one would ever know we had an accident’ – Peter Lyster  - Little Chishill Manor You can read...

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