Shutter Installation

Installation of the new shutters began early (7 am) Saturday morning and will continue over the next two weekends. There are 18 windows that have shutters, and each pair of shutters took a little over two hours to install. There is a considerable amount of measuring and fitting that is required; wood that’s been exposed to the elements for more than 200 years warps and shrinks, and so each shutter had to be measured for each window opening. Differences as small as 1/8 of an inch might be noticeable and might make a difference in how they fit. The strap hinges, the pintels, the locking bolts—the positioning of all were carefully done. Observing the process was cold, but fascinating. Most visitors will never realize the painstaking care that is taken with such apparently small details.

Two craftsmen, working two-and-a-half hours, install two shutters.

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