Category Archives: REPAIRS


Rear wall Sanctuary gets new shingles.

IMG_20200114_103632They were very tired old shingles that came off easily.IMG_20200116_122130IMG_20200116_162328Seth Gauley did the wall around the corner a few years ago and returned to tackle this high wall.IMG_20200118_145826IMG_20200129_160237Shingle by shingle the wall turned gold.IMG_20200207_154637Finished Wednesday practically in the dark.IMG_20200207_154609Thank you, Seth.  The photographs don’t quite capture how high that peak is.

Steeple and Cross Repair Completed

1-DSCF0002Steeple 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.

image-13image-17image-291-DSCF0002image-15New base of cross.

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.


Steeple and Cross Repairs begin

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.

DSCF0001DSCF0003Frank shows John the cross.  They will take it home with them for repairs.

DSCF0002Francis Allard measures for new bracket for cross.

DSCF0008John Kevin Leecock continues scraping after initial power wash.

Cross and steeple Repair to begin


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.



4-IMG_0450 3-IMG_0446 2-IMG_0442Now  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.

Cross Repair begun!

The Saturday before Easter, a bright blue afternoon for taking down the dangling cross.


Roy Riley and Mark Clements arrived with Mark’s truck.

Mark had to tell Roy how to operate the boom.

Roy starts the ride up.

Slowly, adjusting so he won’t knock the steeple….

He reaches the top.. The cross is loose enough to pull off.

The ride down begins.  He can see water in every direction.  Can he remember which knob controls which part of the boom?

With Roy down safely, Mark puts the truck to bed.

Mark Clements on his truck. THANK YOU, MARK!

Look for the next installment:  Repairing the Old Copper Cross.

Roof repairs, Saturday, December 17,2011

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.

Description: “Strip off all old shingles down to roof “sheathing”; apply Ice and water barrier over entire roof area, apply 8 inch white aluminum drip edge along all fascia.
Use Lifetime architectural shingles applied to manufacturer’s specifications.
Total roof area :2800 square feet.
All demo material loaded into dumpster, which will be provided by Church.
Workmanship guaranteed for two years unless manufacturer warranty takes precedence.
Total labor cost                     $6160
Estimated material cost      $5800
Estimated dumpster cost    $800

Stripping off the South side.