We’ve been very busy and apologies for the blog break.
I intend to make up for it over the next two months, with lots of small blogettes if there are such Inter-web things.
Here’s the catch up. The gates are clean, primed and undercoated. The second to last decorative coats are being applied this week. All the homogenous (weld based) repairs are complete, all of the water leaf repairs and reproductions are complete (there were over 156 to make new and fit). 66 original collars were reforged and fitted, 102 new had to be made and fitted hot. The new 3 pcs rosettes for the boarder panels (48 units) are up to black and will be fitted next week. The drop leaves (64 units) are also black and due to be fitted very soon. 16 large lantern rosettes (pictured above, 2 pcs each) are painted and ready to fit…… and so on! To save you adding it up, that’s 402 new forged items made by our blacksmiths, exactly copying the originals, using the same blacksmith techniques as the original artisans would have. There’s a lot more to add to this list, but I recon you get an idea of our commitment to this project.
Its important that when the decision to reproduce in favor repair is made it is for the correct reasons, not just because its the easy choice. A Conservation Blacksmith must retain as much original material as possible and when he/she decides to make a new component (or a partial one for a patch repair) it has to be in a like for like material and manufactured using original techniques. You’d think this would be obvious philosophy and policy wouldn’t you, but many don’t follow this recognized approach.