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Category Archives: Renovation

Happy Birthday!

I turned 48 on Friday, May 15th, and I will tell you about the most exciting birthday I’ve had in a long time! But not because of the cake, though it was sweet and thoughtful! It was about the Window! The last time we saw the quatrefoil window , the frame was remade. Meanwhile, glass artist […]

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Backyard Building

Something’s going on with the back of the church. As we get closer to opening day, it is imperative(!) that we have more space. All of the equipment and tools we’ve needed for renovation must be stored elsewhere when the final transformation of the building into an Art Gallery happens. Space in the form of […]

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Guest Workers

Here you see the gritty grin of a person sanding beautiful wood. Cherry, at this moment. Every piece of wood you are about to see came from a tree. I say this because it has never been so real to me before. Such a simple idea, yet so much work! Trees are not smooth, nor […]

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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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