Bridgewater - Restoration has begun on Holy Trinity
Anglican's stained glass windows.
After Rev. John Clarke noticed the four altar windows were
buckling, he notified the property committee.
Turns out, several windows in the municipally registered heritage
site needed restoring.
"The congregation realized quickly and easily something
had to be done," he says. At the same time, there was concern
the windows wouldn't survive the process. Rev. Clarke has since
come to understand that stained glass is much stronger than
most people think.
The congregation decided to start with the four front windows,
continuing as fundraising proceeds. The windows celebrate the
foundation of Christianity: Nativity, or the birth of Jesus;
His cricifixion; His resurrection or rising from the dead and
ascension or rising to heaven.
After Christmas, Norbert Sattler of Stained Glass Studios removed
the windows. Rev. Clarke was surprised to learn there were broken
pieces, now repaired. Each window's three panels are being kept
in place by resting on hidden steel bars.
Stained glass windows are made with coloured glass upon which
scenes are painted. Mr. Sattler says Holy Trinity's altar windows
were crafted in England during the 19th century. He's impressed
with their fine detail. They're made from mouth blown glass
which gives them a "much, much" nicer look. "The
painting is smooth, more detailed".
Mouth blown glass offers the artist thousands of colors - Mr.
Sattler has 40 different shades of red alone. "It makes
a big difference when you want to work artistically."
The lead, he found, was in good shape, although some of the
other windows will need re-leading. Some soldering was done
and the windows were cleaned.
"You have to do it very carefully," he notes. If
the original painting was not properly done, it may not survive
the washing. "It was in excellent condition."
Mr. Sattler has been based in West LaHave for 10 years. He
has dedicated 34 years to his art, starting at the age of 16.
"Luckily," he recalls, "there was a studio in
my home town."
His windows have gone across Canada, the United States and
Germany. He's worked for congregations in Chicago, Detroit,
Hawaii and Ohio which called for an impressive 3,000 square
feet of stained glass windows.