Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gloucester Town Hall

Here are some cool pictures of a cool project that I was fortunate enough to be involved in. It was very fun... and very high. 160' to the top, I think. I actually had to work on that little ball thing under the weathervane, which means that I have, at one time, been the tallest man in Gloucester, MA. The company running the project needed someone adept at jerryrigging, so they called me in. I put on my top hat and went to work.

If you look at the detail pictures, then at the finished pictures closely, you can pick out where each of the zoomed in sections are located.

These finial are solid mahogany, and almost three feet tall. Notice the glue bottle. The unpainted siding is spanish cedar. You can get a feel for how big the tower really is by finding them in the finished picture up top.
Funny little windows, eh?

This is the balustrade close to the top.
This section is to either side of the clocktower.
The above column bases are roughly 42" tall, and weigh about 60 lbs. They are made out of Mahogany. Notice my hammer in the middle bottom for a size reference. We weren't quite finished with them in this picture.Here is the same section after we finished and while the painters were working their magic.
This one is the very bottom most gable in the first picture.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself doing this work. It challenged me daily, and helped me gain confidence as a carpenter. Maybe I' m not a hack after all?


Anonymous said...

I would have a hard time believing you were a hack of a carpenter if you landed a job like that. Heck, I barely even know you and I'm proud to say that I do. Congratulations on a job well done. That's some really awsome work!- Chuck Sherwood

Kevin Jack said...

Alright, let me clarify, in case I need to. Pretty much anything you see that looks like bare wood, I either saved or installed brand new. I didn't make the parts, just put them in. But that was hard enough.

And thank you Chuck, I love you too.

gina said...

amazing! but i'm feeling a little dizzy now.