Glazing Over

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The Church has had its eyes shut for a few months. We took in the windows for repair and reglazing. We started by sanding down the old wood and giving them a few new coats of paint.

Red on the Outside,
Red on the Outside,
Brown on the Inside.
Brown on the Inside.

To keep the inside weather separate from the outside weather, we needed to glaze the windows. Glazing is when you put a special glazing putty on the inside edges and smooth it down.

I got the job!

I've got the gloves for it!
I’ve got the gloves for it!

But I had to be schooled first. Dr. Paul Fisher of the Institute for Glazing Old Windows gave me a tutorial. First take a glob of glaze. Then roll it out like a long snake. Then stuff it in the corners with your big Polish fingers.

Well I don’t have big Polish fingers, so I had to use several smaller fingers.

Roll and Stuff.
Roll and Stuff.

It looks a bit like someone stuffed their old gum into the windows. But there is a tool that takes the lumps and bumps out and gives it an edge.

De-lumped
De-lumped
I used it.
Of course, if the edges of the window aren’t smooth and sharp,  the tool that uses the edge as a guide isn’t able to make a nice straight line.
Uhh...maybe some paint will help!
Uhh…maybe some paint will help!
Yes, the paint did help. After I painted, I had to scrape the excess paint off the glass and clean the glass.
At last, we were finally able to install a window!
New wood inserts to keep it all snug.
New wood inserts to keep it all snug.
Of course there were some adventures along the way.
Whups.
Whups.
Pilot holes had been drilled, but the wood was pretty dry, so it cracked. But practice makes perfect, and we did practice!
Perfect!
Perfect!
And the Mastermind behind it all…
Pilot holes, baby.
Pilot holes, baby.
…had a very special event to go to, so time to get cleaned up!
Cleaned up!
Cleaned up!
Patent #4, and counting. Fancy-schmancy dinner in Rochester, MI. Mr. Zaitz receives his patent plaque and some very nice words. Mrs. Zaitz receives a delicious dinner and a big helping of gratefulness that she hitched her horse to this guy’s post
– The White Church Gallery