Our master carpenter, Noah Woodruff, last week found a window remnant with splotches of the original dark reddish-brown (or maybe brownish-red—I’m slightly color-blind so I wouldn’t swear by my characterization) paint for the window frames, etc. This week he found an original spindle embedded in the wall at the top of the stairs. We thought all the original spindles had been stolen, but from this one we can recreate the authentic profile. We’ve got some paint scraping coming up, then patching and then the repainting of the window frames (most of which were salvageable). The work is exacting, but it’s intended to last a long, long time.
The old masonry around the windows and doors is being taken out and the stone reset, but freezing temperatures at night have prevented repointing those areas. That’s not causing any delays because the millwork is still being done. Sections of the old sills have been cut out to give the mill a good profile to work with, and other essential preliminaries have been mostly done. We now await the doors and windows. In the meantime, the parlor provides a nice place to set up for the carpentry.