The Great Hall Project continues


Work has been going on for the upper Great Hall room but the urge to carry on refurbishment of earlier bits before completing new items was so great it became irresistible.

Working onwards and upwards with the remodelling of one of the first room areas I carried out.  The Great Hall first half.

This time it’s the dividing wall between entry office and the body of the Hall.  Till now it’s had an acetate ‘glass’ set into the 3 different sized window shapes across the top half.

theinfill - Great Hall entrance wall

Attractive enough but the hit and miss inking gives me the twitches.  It could be replaced with my current leaded glass compromise of the impressed acetate but my fancy is for something a little older looking and less flashy.  However rich these imaginary merchants may be I’m not having them wasting good glass indoors like this (even if it is shabby looking).

theinfill - Great Hall - Medieval - Tudor

Acetate hacked out and yet to be dug out of the in between bits, and one upright drilled for a small torch light to go on/in.

The idea is to use some of Angela Downton’s gothic window frets as used in the helter-skelter shape around the spiral stairs and the tower out wall.  They are small, delicate and come in 2 parts: underwear, as it wear, and top moulding.

theinfill - Great Hall Medieval-Tudor: Angela Dowton window frets

With the intention of making an interference fit in a piece of obeche wood, I’m thinking of adding at least 2 panels and possibly solidly blocking off the middle, narrower one.

theinfill - Great Hall - Medieval-Tudor: Angela Dowton under window

As you can see parts of the job, such as the try-outs and the fitting of the top and bottom finishes, have to be done with the wall in situ at the other end of a 16″ long 12″ wide box.  The price to be paid for not liking what was done with it in the first place when it was a free agent.  Here we have the obeche panel, made slightly bigger than the aperture so that it will slot behind the 2 side cavities.  The top and bottom of the finished item will have beading added to finish off and give a more secure fitting.

Both sides could be dressed with the over moulding but I think the office side should be more work-a-day so will probably only use the gothic finish on the Hall face.

theinfill - Great Hall: Medieval-Tudor. panel offered up

Didn’t see it was canted over a little until the photo was on computer.  It will be straightened up – hopefully.

The added woodwork is composed of 2 widths of obeche strip, 2 pieces of kebab stick, a round edged off-cut of balsa and 2 pieces of sadly broken gothic fret fine window edging from a wee while ago – oh yes, always the hoarder.

The other side has to have some plain wood struts added and then the top and bottom, both sides, need adding.

Is all this fiddly work worth it?  I’m enjoying it immensely but have the dirtiest finger nails you’ll ever have the misfortune to see.  Doesn’t matter how careful I am with the wood stain, somehow it gravitates under the nails.


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