So it would seem I’m becoming some what of an area expert on the sash window. I have taken on another two small arch top sash windows, they are of Victorian style but are going to be double glazed with plant on beads. Lots of lead weight required (I’m toying with making a mould to make my own lead weight bars.).
I have local carpenters asking for prices and one local joiner wants me to take all his sash enquiries on as he finds them to complicated.
The current pair I’m making are for the Georgian house that I have done all the restoration work on. Having done a lot of resto work I have various of cut bits that I have taken out of the old windows that I can now use as patterns for these new ones.
When matching a section of meeting rail I noticed the original lay out lines are still there as visible today as they were when the crafts man made the window some 170-300 years ago. Clear concise knife lines made with a single stroke of a sharp knife.
Interestingly I still lay out a lot with knife lines, thanks to the advance in pencil technology though I do mark some layout marks and face Marks etc in pencil.
It gives a strong connection to the previous craftsman and I’m proud to be making the windows that are exacting copies of their work I hope to last another 200 years maybe.
Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.
- Part 65: Bifold doors and windows to latest building regs
- Part 66: Starting a run of new sashes
- Part 67: Sash windows coming together