Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Crown Detail

An intensive couple of hours spent yesterday and a couple of hours today have yielded a nice looking crown with plenty of detail. I've asked Allsigns to gild all four crowns although I have no idea what the cost of that would be. Gold crowns were never originally on the kiosks, but is a modern process started by Unicorn Kiosk Restorations and it tends to signify a restored kiosk. It really will stand out, and along with unpainted brass hinges and a polished door handle will make the restored kiosk look stunning.

The Brookwood kiosk has a King George crown which would show it has probably been in the village in excess of 60 years. Judging by the layers of paint I'm having to scrape off, I reckon BT painted it once every ten years or so!

Another couple of hours work this week and this west facing side will be clear of paint, we'll then red oxide it.

Other exciting developments in the world of kiosk restoration; Allsigns have completed the film for the preservation notice which will cover one of the panes. Having seen the finished pane, it is absolutely amazing and has a real professional edge. I did take a photo of it, but the pictures don't do it justice, so I decided not to publish it.

Started to discuss with our Councillor (Glynis Preshaw) about the official ceremony to mark the completion of the kiosk and the publicity it may generate. Once this is set in stone, we'll have to ensure we complete it in time, which stops the project taking several years.

Finally, I’m looking in to the option of insurance for the kiosk, not from day to day, broken pane type issues, but from a total loss. I know it has been there for years without mishap, but there is always the risk that a lorry crashes into it and totally destroys it. We'll see what happens on this one.

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