Posts in Restoration
Restored Vestibule Door, Whitehouse, Aberdeenshire.

The wing of the house in which the door is located was destroyed by fire in the 1930's, and subsequently rebuilt. I suspect this window is a remake of an original, because the leading varies slightly from another, clearly older panel with a similar design. When it was remade, 3/16" lead was used and, as a result, the panel had simply stretched over the years.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Restored Door panel, Aberdeen

These relatively simple-looking panels caused me all sorts of grief in the studio. First of all, despite their handmade glass and small flemish quarries typical of neighbouring properties, they had steel-cored lead all through them. The main difficulty, however, was that the handmade coloured glass ovals were extremely variable in thickness, being almost 10mm thick in some sections. In the end, I had to split wide heart lead around the widest sections, ensuring the original chipped borders were covered to hide any distracting conchoidal fractured edges.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Restored Victorian Stairway Panel, Portsoy

Almost all the original tie wires had failed on this stairway panel and, as a result, the window had buckled in the frame and cracked several sections of glass at the base (including two painted squares). Removal (and reinstallation was made slightly awkward by the size of the lowermost panel (approximately 4ft x 5ft).

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Restored Vestibule Door, Fochabers

This large door panel was damaged during some decorating work. It had some beautiful handmade coloured glass pieces and large, clear sections, some of which were damaged. We managed to source good matches for the clear glasses, but had to plate some pale amber onto a textured clear to obtain a match for one particularly unusual glass.

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