The Cross House

Columned Excited

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!




18 Responses to Columned Excited

  1. I’m tilting my head. Are these two not the same shape as each other? Either way the transformation from beautiful to not beautiful to beautiful again is so satisfying.

    • David, as it developed the original column was OK. It was the new column which was crooked! And that was easy to fix!

  2. Nice job! The thing that makes it restoration, as opposed to “fixing it up”, is to do your best while avoiding doing things that can’t be redone. If anyone in the future, including you, is such a perfectionist that they want to replace your repair to the damaged carving, you have done nothing to stop them. You are without a doubt the best person to own this house.

    • Yes, I have yet to meet, see, or know anyone short of a museum conservator who is doing as careful and fine job of restoration as Ross! And that’s not even considering that he’s working within budget and time constraints of a single human.

      • Thanks, Seth, for your kind words.

        I enjoy doing the work, well, right. If I try and slap something together, all my joy in the work vanishes.

        With each project completed, and completed well, I feel recharged and ready for the next project. It’s all…self-fueling. Does that make sense?

  3. Lovely! Completing it well, saving and restoring original whenever possible, even if it’s expensive. You are a rare gift, not only to the Cross House, but also to we who are vicariously energised and filled with joy by your labors. Much love, and Godspeed!

  4. Oh how I would so dearly love to quit my job, drive over to Emporia, and help fix up your carriage house. Le sigh. It would feed my soul.

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