St. Peter's is getting a power bath!
Yes, you heard it right here. That great big church is getting a great big bath!--all in preparation for a fresh coat of paint. What you see that looks like white mumps on the church is, in fact, sealant over areas where concrete repair has been done. Yup, the church needed some work....
The Altar Window is coming down...
That's Jim and Jim on that lift--Jim Erickson, our stained glass consultant and designer, and Jim Harvey, master carpenter and assistant to Jim Erickson. The word from today is this: The window is coming down none too soon because soon it would have come down of its own accord and that would not have been pretty. The tape Jim E. put up as a temporary hold when the deterioration was first discovered was, in fact, beginning to flake off. First step: taping of both the front and back of the window to hold it together during the removal. During that process, it was discovered that the lead had deteriorated beyond even that which was expected making the panels come out wobbly within the tape. The panels will now go to Jim H.'s studio (closer to church than Jim E's on the North Shore) where glass will be selected for use in the ti plant in the new window and the ring around the new cross. Jim E. estimates that it will take 20 panels of glass to "harvest" enough acceptable glass for one leaf of the ti plant. Meticulous work!