Entries by Paul Womer

New Alarm; Sanctuary Candle

As work in the nave begins, we have asked ourselves “What about those white speakers on the ceiling, high over the sanctuary?” We were told they “are only speakers” and not part of anything else. Others said they were connected to a fire alarm system that alerts those in the nave to a fire in […]

Pews Gone, Nave Empty, Scissor Lifts Arrive

As of 16 January 2019, the nave is an open space. The pews were removed over a two-day period: 14-15 January. As mentioned earlier, the carpenters used considerable care in removing the pews. Each pew was numbered so that each can be returned to its original place. Because most of the pews used an adjacent […]


Initial Work in the Nave

On Sunday, 6 January 2019, the unified service concluded with a ceremonial exit from the nave. This is the last service in the nave until Palm Sunday when the newly restored nave will again be ready to receive its congregation. As the congregation exited, they were asked to pick up a hymnal or hymnals, a […]

Insulation Update

On 2 January 2019, I&S Insulation (known as “Itchy and Scratchy”) began the process of adding insulation to the undercroft, and in the ceiling and walls spaces of the nave. Because the insulation in the undercroft is a foam that briefly emanated fumes during its curing, the installation team’s work was preceded by efforts of […]

Work in the Undercroft

Work in the Undercroft As explained in the post “Carpentry Planning and Carpeting: Initial Discussion,” there were discussions on how to proceed with the painting in the nave. Moore Painting explained that it would be easier and less expensive for painters and others, such as the electrician upgrading the lighting, if an electric lift were […]

Carpentry and Painting Move Forward; Boiler Arrival

On 17 October 2018, Peter, Dana and Paul met with Fraser Ruwet to discuss his proposed bid for the carpentry contract. This contract concerns the repair of the undercroft superstructure and removal of the pews. We were satisfied with the scope and price of the work. As noted earlier, we received only one bid. G.M. […]

Removal of Old Boiler Begins; Work on the Stained Glass

On 23 October, Chuck Greenlaw and his team from Port City Mechanical arrived to begin dismantling and removing the old boiler. As a part of the job, a layer of protective paper was put down between the parking lot entrance and the door to cellar and boiler room.  The following photos show work that begun […]

Lighting and Electrical Issues

Lighting in the nave has been a topic of discussion for several years. Changing to LED fixtures would improve the church’s carbon footprint and, by extension, reduce its electricity bill. Following the renovation of the sanctuary and west transept (into a choir area) in 2012, there were requests for increased lighting in the west transept. […]

Carpentry Planning and Carpeting: Initial Discussions

One of the most basic skills, carpentry, remained somewhat allusive. Deciding what to have the carpenter do was contingent on several things: flooring support, pews, alterations to make the nave more friendly for the impaired. A fortunate benefit of considering use of a lift in the nave during painting electrical work was the requirement to […]


Despite floating a request for estimates to several painting contractors, only Moore Painting responded. There was no one clear reason for the lack of interest, but hints that the size of the job and the unwillingness to deal with lead mitigation might have been at play. Johanna Wigg (jr. warden) voiced legitimate concern that only […]