Stained-glass windows get new look at Tucker Free Library in Henniker
Tom Gloudemans, an expert in stained-glass preservation and restoration, removes a panel for repair at the Tucker Free Library in Henniker. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)
Piotrowicz said that she and the library's board of trustees knew the windows needed to be repaired, but the money just wasn't in the budget for such a costly project. But on Nov. 6, they learned that the library had received final approval for a $10,000 grant from the sale and registrations of New Hampshire's Moose Plates, special license plates that help fund projects around the state.
Before choosing which windows to work on, Gloudemans, who owns Morphos Studios in Hancock, assessed each panel to determine which were the worse for wear. Then on Wednesday, he began removing the panels to take to his studio. Once there, he will remove all the glazing between the frames and the panels, disassemble the windows while carefully numbering each piece so the puzzle goes back together neatly, and will clean the glass by soaking it for several days in mild detergent. The frames are stripped of their old paint as well.
"It's difficult to find glass that matches the old glass exactly," he said. "You just have to do the best you can."
Gloudemans said the restoration of the first set of windows will take anywhere from a few weeks to a little over a month due in part to the time required for soaking the glass and allowing the glazing to cure.
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