We always seem to be putting our saws to use salvaging and reclaiming a unique piece of New England history. David Brooks of Contemporary Design and Construction came to us with a dilemma. He was restoring the entrance for one of Boston's private universities. The problem was that the old step was too high for existing building code. Here is a picture of our saw cutting the antique piece of Rockport granite. This granite comes from Rockport, MA and the quarry was one of the main industries started up after the civil war to keep the soldiers busy when they returned from the war. There is a pretty good chance that a soldier who fought in the civil war was involved in the fabrication of this step.
David and the University didn't want to see this dignified piece of history disappear, so they called us to see if we could help. We discussed the project and determined that with a little cutting, notching and thermalling, we could bring this piece of granite back to life. In the first picture we are cutting the piece in half to create two equal pieces. In the picture above we are profiling a notch along the bottom front edge of the steps so that they will have a uniform rise that is within the guidelines of today's building code.
Finally we applied a thermal finish to all the exposed surfaces, and the steps came to life showing their beauty for all the world to see. David will be reinstalling these steps sometime on Friday, where they will proudly reside for years to come.
Thanks to change and renovation we have once again had the opportunity to make something worthwhile at our job. It isn't always the biggest job that brings the most amount of satisfaction. When I go home tonight and my family asks what I did, I will gladly share with them my work with this marvelous piece of granite.
Enjoy the rest of your week.