Stations After the Crash
Seems as if I’m on a run with Church work, much of it repairs at this point. ( though that is going to change so stick around!) There is a story with this work, as there usually is. This particular “church” is actually the mansion of one of the founders of the Bethlehem Steel Co. It was taken over quite some time ago and turned into a retirement home for elderly Priests. Along the way additions were made to include everyone else.It’s now a very large complex for retirement living but the original house is still reserved for priests for the most part.
This room which has been converted and serves as the chapel was the ballroom in the home. For reasons not yet figured out the ceiling decided it didn’t want to stay up as a ceiling at 4:30 AM and decided to fall down in one fell swoop. Not part of it.. the entire thing. Well I got the call from the Diocesean Insurer and he asked me to check it out. Specifically the woodwork and these stations specifically. There are contractors more qualified than I to do the rest of the work. I’ll stick to what I do best.
I’m not quite ready to start on these pieces at this moment but they’re in the shop and should be started on in the next week or so. Here it’s basically a clean up and unbelievably only 3 have been damaged to any extent! I did though talk them into refreshing the pieces especially the gilding. I’ll also be redoing the Tabernacle as it’s getting a bit dull looking. As I’ve said,, it’s not all carving all the time. It’s one of those welcome breaks that I’ve talked about on other pages and posts.
One of the things I enjoy about doing a variety of jobs is the knowledge I gain doing them. In this case the reliefs are in a style that doesn’t particularly thrill me but what I find interesting and useful is how they handled the perspectives,, the sizes.. how the wood was prepped and finished. These are important things to be aware of as you look at and do different types of woodworking/carving. Follow along and I’ll point out the features I find interesting and helpful that I can use in other areas of my work.