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Both towers of the steeple, the first truss and the octogon had all suffered from the worst rot that we have seen in a structure that is still standing.

Both towers of the steeple, the first truss and the octogon had all suffered from the worst rot that we have seen in a structure that is still standing.
Only two of the posts in the upper tower came out intact.

Only two of the posts in the upper tower came out intact.
The posts were completely hollow.  The mold may have had structural properties when we first arrived.

The posts were completely hollow. The mold may have had structural properties when we first arrived.
Bad repairs done several years before were also beginning to rot and fail.

Bad repairs done several years before were also beginning to rot and fail.
The posts that make up the octogon were made from butternut trees.  The columns were smooth and round above the bell deck but left whole below.

The posts that make up the octogon were made from butternut trees. The columns were smooth and round above the bell deck but left whole below.
The trim has been removed and the roof prepared for removal.

The trim has been removed and the roof prepared for removal.
Jan Lewandoski waits below for the roof to be lowered.

Jan Lewandoski waits below for the roof to be lowered.
The posts of the octogon show evidence that there had originally been a spire atop the church before this small roof.

The posts of the octogon show evidence that there had originally been a spire atop the church before this small roof.
The bell and frame are flown out of the steeple.

The bell and frame are flown out of the steeple.
The butternut posts have been removed along with the sleeprs and boarding.

The butternut posts have been removed along with the sleeprs and boarding.
A temporary roof was placed on the lower tower while repairs were done.

A temporary roof was placed on the lower tower while repairs were done.
A South Woodstock resident supplied us with butternut to us for the repairs.

A South Woodstock resident supplied us with butternut to us for the repairs.
A new column base is test fitted to an old top.

A new column base is test fitted to an old top.
The restored upper tower, columns and cornice mouldings prior to boarding.

The restored upper tower, columns and cornice mouldings prior to boarding.
Two of the new columns are seen with new sleepers.

Two of the new columns are seen with new sleepers.
The steeple is ready to be placed back onto the church.

The steeple is ready to be placed back onto the church.
This is the view of South Woodstock that we were fortunate to see from the steeple every day.

This is the view of South Woodstock that we were fortunate to see from the steeple every day.
 


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