The South Portal of St. Stephen's Church has now gotten its scaffolding removed, and it's become a real sight to behold. This morning the foreman from Van Dinther Construction from Schaijk sent me a few photos to show me how has turned out. I hope to make. a couple of better pictures in due time, but in my enthusiasm I've already put them on this blog for now.
For this project, in commision for Slotboom Stonemasons we replaced all ornamental work and adjoning stonemasonry in new Tuff.
My colleagues Stide Vos and Jan Tolboom and I have been busy at the start of this year with disassembling, carving and replacing of 20 trefoils (carved by Jan Tolboom), 20 crockets (carved by Stide Vos), 7 consoles and two 'caps of consoles‘ (carved by myself), and three capitals (created by Stide and me). It was an interesting, challenging job of which we are very proud. The new Tuff blends in so well with the old work that it's hard to see what has actually been replaced, but if you'd lay the old situation alongside to it , one can tell right away.
In due time I will still complement this post with sharper pictures of the situation before and after the restoration.