By Joanne Uris, Great Camp Sagamore
Even if snow removal isn’t necessary this winter (yeah, right!), Great Camp Sagamore’s Director of Facilities, and Assistant Caretaker, will have plenty of indoor work to keep them busy. Ted and Richard are restoring seventy windows in the Chalet and the Carpenter and Boat Shop.
The labor-intensive process for each window consists of six steps: strip existing paint and glazing, prime, reglaze, prime new glazing, paint two coats.
At the start of the project, it took a minimum of one hour to deglaze each window. Chipping away at the glazing, and using a heat gun, resulted in occasional breakage of glass. Twelve windows in, there had to be a more efficient way.
YouTube to the rescue! Ted fabricated a steam box to be used for stripping the windows. Now, a window is placed in the box and the steamer is turned on. In less than an hour, the paint and glazing practically falls off, without jeopardizing the historic glass and the wood sash frames. This method is also time-efficient, as a window can be stripped while another is in the steamer. Click here to see a video of the restoration in action.
Does anyone want to venture a guess how many windows there are at camp? Let’s just say that this will be an ongoing and worthwhile project, as a finished window should last at least a decade before needing reglazing.
We can’t wait to show off our restored windows and share a demonstration of our window steamer box in 2021!
At left is a photo of one of the newly refurbished and glazed windows installed at Great Camp Sagamore. (It’s the all-green window).