BEFORE. The painted column, save its hand-carved capital, is new top to bottom. The dark column is original and was so black and scarred. Could it be saved?
Why…yes. Yes it can. YES! (I’ve reversed position. The “dark” column is now to the right.)
The capital to the black column looked totally corroded. Could IT be saved?
Why…yes. Yes it can. YES! (Again, I reversed position. The “dark” column is now to the right.) Amazing!
Even the “good” capital had issues. The area in the red circle was completely missing. I had to carefully mold it back into existence. My work doesn’t exactly match the original but, as each capital is hand-carved, none exactly match one another.
There are just three more battered original columns to restore!