Preserving Historical Character

Exciting day of progress restoring a set of four double-hung pocket windows.

Discovering that the original 1924 bronze sash pulleys are actually steel under layers of paint, stain, and rust, we paused in contemplation. Removing the layers of left us with an unpleasant steel sheen that would be undesirable with the antiqued bronze finishes throughout the house.

But then we remembered an old blacksmith's solution. Several hundred degrees, some red iron oxide, cobalt, linseed oil, and an hour later later, we had a beautiful set of steel sash pulleys protected from oxidation and with the rich appearance of antiqued bronze.

And with that, the frames are just waiting on exterior wood trim and installation.

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