We've spent years honing our methods to bring historic wood windows back to life. And to successfully make any money out of this labor of love, careful planning and a talent for solving problems on the fly is essential.
But with every project there are always a new set of problems to solve - no matter how well we plan, there's always something unexpected. I mean, these are old houses. Each one was built by hand, by individuals - and many have been adapted over time.
And then there are the stories. The secrets each home holds. Tiny details that give us glimpses into the past.
This week we're working on a stunning house in Old Hyde Park, Tampa. It has these awesome 10 Lite casement windows. Yesterday, as we started taking them apart, we could see that they have been adapted over time. Our challenge, as the Wood Window Museum, is to put them back to how they were originally. This isn't just a folly, but is so that we can give the client the best result - one that will function the best, aesthetically enhances their home, and will last another lifetime. So we start out by looking for clues...
One such clue on these windows is these 2 little holes that have been plugged some time ago. These were the holes for the original crank operators. So we now know how they should be operated! But why were they removed? What happened to the hardware?
Another find on this project was a name scribed deep inside the cavity of this window jamb - the original carpenter perhaps?
We've uncovered all kinds of clues about the people who built these homes. And for them to have scribed their name demonstrates the pride in their work.
Next we're working on the home's double-hung windows. Who know what stories these might tell us? However small, we'll keep uncovering them, capturing, and re-telling them.