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Author Archives: White Church Gallery

It’s like making a Giant Painting…

…overheard while eating chicken soup on a tuesday night…and the rest of the sentence was, ” but it takes three years of your life and a ton of money.” Michael was referring to the renovation of White Church Gallery, specifically the altarpiece we’re working on. This past weekend was all about putting some wood up […]

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Enjoy the Process!

We have a lot of wood that needs to be processed. Processing wood (my definition) means taking it from a rough-sawn piece of lumber to a finished piece that can be used as art. Yes, it is a lot of work, dear Thomas. But it won’t cut into your nap time, never fear! The beginning of […]

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It’s Friday, we must be…

Yes, the weekend ritual, with small variations, is to get through the work week, discuss plans, throw a bunch of stuff in the truck, toss the dog in and point the Chevy toward the N. Pole. We stop at the end of M-53, where this long road meets the Lake. Sometimes it feels like the […]

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Burgundy?

In our endless deliberation about how to do the arch, Mike decided that we should paint behind the wood that would go up, and that meant putting up some plywood and painting it. First step: plywood! Higher and Higher, baby! And finally, It looked VERY pink coming out of the can… But it did settle […]

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Ode to an Arch

We’re working on the Arch. It has served as a backdrop since we bought the church. This is how it first appeared: Removal of the dropped ceiling revealed: Yikes. We tried to pretty it up! Yeah, I guess. It was temporary. And as long as we’re in memory lane, when Mom turned 70, we dressed […]

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Wood, Lovely Wood

We’ve started working on the front piece. Grindstone Mike has taken to calling it a riser. Mainly because it rises up in the front. Maybe someday a choir will stand here, but for now, it needs a facelift. We have acquired lots of wood from our Amish friends, and it has been drying for some […]

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Punch list

I became familiar with the term “punch list” when I worked for Spirit of Ford back in 1999. Spirit of Ford was… well, you can read about ithere. It was fun while it lasted. I was hired as Theater Operations Manager before they even opened. That meant that I had to become familiar with the various […]

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Water Hole

One of last big changes for the Church is to have running water inside. Yes. This beautiful old church has never had indoor plumbing, in all the 135 years of services, weddings,  Christmases, funerals, and even during the recent Reign of Raccoons. So in December of 2014, we started excavating the stage in the front […]

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2014! and Love News

This is a bit of a love letter to 2014. It was a busy year! But a lovely one. And only good things to come in 2015. The Church will be open by June. How do we know? How could we possibly be open in 5! Five! 5! months? With a punch list a country […]

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More Summer Hijinks…

Work on the church took on a different pace as summer wound down. My father’s 70th Birthday celebrations moved from Royal Oak north to the Cottage for more food and family fun. And work! Thus fortified, we put the clan to work. Remember Stosh and Edju, our two baby Maples? They are getting brothers and […]

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