One of the most exciting parts of the restoration is discovering the details in the original craftsmanship. While Wayne Thompson has been restoring the mortar between the bricks on the face of the Slave Quarters, he has taken the time to point out some interesting details.
The original lime mortar mix has deteriorated over time and each brick is being re-mortared by hand with a lime compound that will dry to the same color as the original in 14 days. While working on the jack arches, Wayne noticed a unique detail – the finished joints have a significant bead point in the mortar. While many have been reduced over time, he took a few shots to show the detail.
Now, the task is to recreate this bead point in the jack arches, one at a time.
The face of the building is slated to be complete by Friday.
And for a different perspective, a view of the house from the height of the scaffolding, or the second floor of the Slave Quarters.
As restorations move forward in the Slave Quarters, new supports are being put into place in preparation for plaster work. The technique used is known as lath and plaster. The design begins with wood slats known as laths, which are nailed horizontally across the wall studs. Each wall frame is covered in these pieces, tacked at the studs. The lath is typically about two inches wide by four feet long by 1/4 inch thick. Plaster is then applied, typically using a wooden board as the application tool. The applier drags the board upward over the wall, forcing the plaster into the gaps between the lath and leaving a layer on the front the depth of the temporary guides, typically about 1/4 inch. A helper feeds new plaster onto the board, as the plaster is applied in quantity. When the wall is fully covered, the vertical lath “guides” are removed, and their “slots” are filled in. After applying a second layer in the same fashion, leaving about a half inch of rough, sandy plaster (called a brown coat), a smooth, white finish coat is applied. After the plaster is completely dry, the walls are ready to be painted. Learn more about this technique at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lath_and_plaster
The flooring on the second floor is also half way finished and looking great. Without the hard work of Rogers Building Corporation, none of this progress would have been possible! Thank you, from everyone at Bellamy Mansion.
Last week, Mack and Andrew of Rogers Building Corp worked on replacing the support beam for the fireplace, so that Francisco, owner of CGC Historic Restorations and the mason/bricklayer for the restoration, could work on the fireplaces. Check back later for more photos of the finished fireplace!
Isn’t it incredible how they can restore original pieces of the Slave Quarters? Using LiquidWood and WoodEpox, our construction guys from Rogers Building Corporation are able to fill in spots of old wood to reuse the boards in the house.
A board that has already been sealed with LiquidGlue
This board was preserved using the same method
See the difference between the wood and the Epox
Here you can see how the Liquid Glue (the dark brown stain) seeps in and the WoodEpox (the cream) fills in to preserve the wood
A very damaged board was able to be restored, but look at all that WoodEpox it took
After the WoodEpox is applied, a sealant is added to further protect the board
The writing was from categorization during the 1990’s restoration
An old-fashioned doorstop. This baseboard has a projecting piece of wood which would prevent the doors from slamming back into the wall
These curved wooden pieces go above the windows
Curved window frames
Getting ready to preserve some boards
Luckily, many boards can be preserved using this process
Close up of the damage to wooden board
More boards in various states of preservation