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Perching Parrot Repair

A friend of the family presented a parrot with a broken wing. This was an interesting project because the resulting piece is more sculptural than a typical window or sun catcher. The parrot has at its base a steel nut to which a threaded rod is attached. The nut and the rod were supposed to be […] → Continue Reading Perching Parrot Repair

Victorian Sidelight Repair

A previous client returned with another repair. This time, a clear sidelight had a couple broken pieces. The window itself is modern construction done in a victorian style using round gems and a few bevels. The glass that was originally used was slightly seeded, meaning it contained an occasional line, ripple or air bubble. Matching […] → Continue Reading Victorian Sidelight Repair

Birds and Floral Shade Repair

In April of 2011, a customer brought in a beautiful shade that was in desperate need of repair. The shade was likely an import, but the pattern was intricate and the glass was very nice. However, the construction—at least from a structural perspective—was lacking the proper reinforcements necessary to hold its own weight. As we […] → Continue Reading Birds and Floral Shade Repair

French Door Windows Repaired

After an unfortunate mishap, I got a call to repair the rectangular window pane in a French door. Each section of the door contains a glass panel assembly with several rows and columns. Likely original to the late 1800s house, the panels in this bedroom door matched others leading to the porch. Constructed of zinc […] → Continue Reading French Door Windows Repaired

Patina: Tiffany Student Lamp Base Replica

About a year ago, I stumbled upon two lamp bases in a local antique store. According to the store owner, these were replicas made to look like actual Tiffany lamps. Antiques in their own right, such bases are rare today, even though they are not actual Tiffany. Close examination of the detail and a comparison […] → Continue Reading Patina: Tiffany Student Lamp Base Replica

Beveled Upper Sash Restoration

Studio Hanson is restoring a beveled window for a house in St. Paul. The upper sash and centerpiece of a three part installation of bevels had nearly fallen completely out of its frame. The rounded rectangular section, bordered by 8 long bevels, had sagged in so that the bottom lead line was actually leaning onto […] → Continue Reading Beveled Upper Sash Restoration

Buffet Accident Repaired

Another St. Paul customer called with a repair. Their Colonial Revival home has a beautiful built-in buffet cabinet in the dining room with three leaded windows. The center window which is normally held in place with brass turnbuttons had slowly become loose. During an unfortunate moment while closing the adjacent glass door the center section […] → Continue Reading Buffet Accident Repaired

Oval Victorian Window Restoration

Shortly after the Villager article, I was contacted by a fellow St. Paul resident in the process of restoring his Victorian home. Adjacent to hia front door is an oval window that matches the facade transom. This oval window suffered from years of dust and grime embedded into dark shellac that was used to finish […] → Continue Reading Oval Victorian Window Restoration

Studio Hanson Featured in the Villager Newspaper!

There I am on the cover of The Villager, peering proudly through one of my first restoration projects, the Secretary Cabinet Window. The Villager dedicated two pages to the article written by Frank Jossi which gives a nice overview of some of my work. Several great photos taken by Brad Stauffer also appeared in the […] → Continue Reading Studio Hanson Featured in the Villager Newspaper!

Newer Dragonfly Heat Cap Failure

This dragonfly shade suffered from an improperly attached heat cap. Sometimes called a “cold” solder, the cap was never fully attached, probably because it had been patinated (colored) before it was attached. Disaster was averted when the owner realized repairs were necessary. The cap was carefully removed and the top row of glass cleaned of […] → Continue Reading Newer Dragonfly Heat Cap Failure