Instead of reporting on my day by day activities during my internship, I have decided to narrow it down to weeks. Since I’ve been working on-site in Long Island, I’ve been concentrating on the installation of just one project. I’ll write more if I think it’s worth sharing. This single, ornate cornice project has certainly been a learning experience, but it’s also been a pain.
Not only are the pieces slightly warped having been dried in a less stable environment, but because of the nature of this old mansion, the walls and ceilings are less than perfect as well. This was to be expected, but several other supervisors of the overall project seemed less than pleased that it has taken so long. The sheer weight of each piece (60 to 80 lbs.) made the job more of a challenge and tested our patience. But regardless of the time taken, we were able to finish the project and move on.
Another new employee of Foster Reeve, Victoria, began the pointing (or finishing) of the work we completed. This included filling the voids, replacing chipped pieces, fine-tuning space and sharpening the edges. She’s done a great job so far and has made the work we’ve done look even better. I’ve expressed that I would like to be a part of the pointing, but they really need me to continue working on the installation of the other rooms. Now it’s off to the dining room.