They were very tired old shingles that came off easily.Seth Gauley did the wall around the corner a few years ago and returned to tackle this high wall.Shingle by shingle the wall turned gold.Finished Wednesday practically in the dark.Thank you, Seth. The photographs don’t quite capture how high that peak is.
Steeple repaired, scraped and painted. No leaks! Cross gilded and reattached to top of spire with new bracket. Below are photographs of the cross being replaced.
Steeple repaired, scraped and painted. New wood on bell chamber and roof at base sealed. Cross repaired and new bracket constructed to replace it on top of steeple. Lightning rod attached.
September 8 at 7:30 Francis Allard and John Leecock arrived to begin work on steeple restoration. Remember Lia Kahler’s concert “Spirit Song” on Sunday at 3 to raise funds for this project.
The riggers access the roof.
It all began with hurricane “Sandy”. The cross took a dramatic lean to the East. Before it could fall Mark Clements brought over his equipment and Roy Riley rode up to the heavens and took down the cross.
Now it is time to repair the cross and do some overdue maintenance on the upper part of the steeple (the bottom third was rebuilt four years ago). John Leecock from Palmer, Massachusetts, a partner of Frank Allard, who repaired steeples in West Tisbury and Edgartown and even, Chilmark, years ago, has been consulted about doing the work.
Contributions to the project would be most welcome: Chilmark Community Church, 9 Menemsha Crossroad. 02535.
The Saturday before Easter, a bright blue afternoon for taking down the dangling cross.
Roy Riley and Mark Clements arrived with Mark’s truck.
Roy starts the ride up.
Slowly, adjusting so he won’t knock the steeple….
With Roy down safely, Mark puts the truck to bed.
Look for the next installment: Repairing the Old Copper Cross.
Roof repairs have begun to ensure that the new sanctuary ceiling doesn’t have new water damage. The roof is 22 years old and is showing signs of wear.
Tearing off the old.
The south roof is stripped and the ice and water barrier(better than roofing paper) applied.
Stripping off the South side.