Trim Time

These past few weeks, with the inclement weather, the York Congregational trim has kept us busy in the shop. Using a steam box, we carefully scraped the lead paint from the trim pieces, made dutchman repairs, and filled nail holes with West System epoxy. We were able to repair 90% of the scroll-shaped trim that…

Face Lift for an Old Girl

We have begun replacing the clock faces of the First Parish Congregational Church in York, Maine.  Formed in 1636, the congregation is the oldest in Maine.  The current building was built in 1747, and moved to its position, facing the road, in 1888. It is time for this old girl to get a face lift. …

Friezing to Avoid Freezing

Over the last month, our Damariscotta crew has been busy.  We completed the frieze, fascia, crown and bed moldings.  We helped to install the clock, assembling the clock faces and carefully attuning the clapper and its mechanisms to the bell.  Lastly, we cleaned up and hauled out, leaving the site a real sight.  Click on…

Coverage

We’re building the roof that will link the belfry and clock tower, while the local media is covering the crane day, and the steeple’s connection to the community. Christine Parrish of The Free Press wrote one of the best articles I’ve read, she really focuses on the joinery and construction history: Shawn Perry, of Preservation…

Crane Day Tomorrow, Big Ups!

The crane arrived today.  Tomorrow, it will lift the new belfry, bell and spire onto the clock tower .  Keeley, the crane operators, will be using the same crane and lifting from the back parking lot again, with a lot more weight in the trunk. As the spire has been rigged since last week (we…