Once the newly installed East Window is unveiled I will be posting photos of the window here.
Watching the craftsmen at work on Monday and hearing more about their craft added to my delight in the finished work. So while the photos are not available before Sunday, in the meantime I can share a few snippets.
The window is made from handblown glass.
It is made up of over 500 pieces of glass cut by master craftsmen in their Derbyshire workshop.
The coloured centre piece has 170 pieces, 9 beautiful colours in a stunning design.
It took 180+ hours to cut all the glass and assemble the design before transporting it from the workshop in Doveholes to install in the Chapel at Chadkirk.
Went to know more about the stained glass? Talk with Steve Parsonson of Classic Glass Studios at Chadkirk Festival 2013.
The bespoke wooden frame and moulding is hand crafted from specially seasoned oak.
The mouldings around the window echo those in the adjacent timbers in the original beams of ancient oak.
The oak is protected by beeswax sourced from the bees of Chadkirk.
Arnie, the beekeeper, collected the beeswax from our hives in The Walled Garden. He passed it to Austin, the Master Cabinet Maker who made the frame. In a nice bit of serendipity, Arnie is a Master Cabinetmaker (now retired). Both Arnie and Austin can be congratulated on their attention to detail and in making this small yet significant link between garden and chapel, past and present, life and art.
Looking to learn more about the window? Talk with the team of craftsmen on Sunday 28 July. The team will be at the unveiling and then available to chat. They have stalls on the lawn, near to the entrance for the festival site: Austin Neves, Master Cabinet Maker and Steve Parsonson, Stained Glass Artist. Together their teams have produced a beautiful addition to Chadkirk Chapel.
Watch this space.