Thursday, August 27, 2009

The view from heaven

Surprised to see it looks like a cow pasture, aren't you? For some of you, this is as close as you'll get to that. Others will realize this is the view from the west side gable window of the Hollow. The restoration department has finished the stairs and paneling in the Hollow as of August 27th, and are now back at the shop to manufacture window sashes and backband for the house. The successful completion of these will finish the departments preservation efforts at the Hollow, pending the acquisition of poplar siding for the back of the house. The department is looking foward to working on Preservation Virginia properties, and are anxious to see what Louis will come up with for our next outside project. No pressure, Louis.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Stairway To Heaven?

The Restoration Dept has at last finished adjusting, flattening and anchoring the partition wall and installing the interior paneling, all prerequisites for installing the stairs. The newels that support the upper flight have had 3 inches of height added to their bottoms and are anchored to the floor. The lower flight had to have new carriages, made in kind with heart pine, then set in place. Two winders, two treads and two risers are all thats left to complete the stairs.