Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sinclair Inn Museum Window Restoration - Part 3

Today was the day for deglazing the window from the Sinclair Inn Museum which we are having restored. It may say something about me that I am much more familiar with deglazing a frying pan to make a sauce than I am with deglazing a window. Evidently, the technique for deglazing a window is quite different than that used with a frying pan. While the results may not be as tasty, (despite the fact that I have seen our window restoration expert, Dr. Chris Cooper of Edifice Old Home Magazine, tasting both the putty and the paint) the deglazing of the window is the needed treatment in this scenario.

As work moved forward today, we are now certain that we are dealing with one of the earliest (if not the earliest) surviving sash window in Canada. The window has all the hallmarks of a French made window from the late seventeenth century. According to Chris the glass, meeting rail and muntin bars are all typical of French construction at this time. The glass itself is absolutely beautiful with slight waves and undulations from the blowing process. Most likely, the window originated in one of the two sections of the Sinclair Inn built around 1710. When the building was expanded in 1781 this window was recycled into the new section.

A key part of this restoration process is documentation. If this window is as old as we believe it is, it is vital that we record what is found and how the work is done. Here Chris can be seen setting up his video equipment before the deglazing process begins (note, not a single frying pan to be seen).

If you are interested in learning how to restore your own wooden windows, Chris will be offering a workshop in Annapolis Royal on August 29. A second workshop on that day will deal with the ever popular topic of keeping your old house warm in the winter.

All for now,
RGS

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