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Part 2, Hatteras Lens Restoration - Many Photos!

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Postby vacastle » Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:46 pm


Okay, I'm going to take you back to the beginning...our first week which started in a NPS warehouse in Manteo, NC labeling and packing parts and then took us to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, where the lens was restored and assembled.

Here, we've just arrived and seen all the parts laying on shelves for the first time. Kevin Duffus is instructing us to "ignore" his video camera! That's Jim Woodward in the green striped shirt, and Bett Padgett in the foreground...I'm behind the camera.
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Yep, the power went out...but work must go on!
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Preparing to load the chimney
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Carefully preparing a panel for transit. From left to right...Kurt Fosburg, Jim Dunlap, and Jim Woodward.
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Jim & Kurt loading one panel onto the truck.
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How the lens (parts) was transported from Manteo to Hatteras Village!
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Betty Parrish and me packing another panel. Notice all the missing prisms from this one.
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Okay, next installment coming up in a bit!

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Postby vacastle » Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:09 pm


Continuing...

Lens parts now unloaded at the museum.
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And more parts...
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Uncrating the fan legs
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Bett & Kurt displaying the condition of the fan legs.
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Our job at this point was to scrape and clean the three rings
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Jim Dunlap restoring one of the fan legs.
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Unloading a piece of the decking. That's Joe in the middle, curator of the museum.
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Wow! That was heavy!
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More coming in a bit!

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:36 pm


So far so great, Judy! Keep 'em coming! :D
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Postby COTA » Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:23 pm


More.....More!!! :P
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:59 pm


Great shot, Judy....keep'em coming!! :)

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Postby vacastle » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:00 pm


The lens will be displayed in the front lobby of the museum. The pedestal remains in the lantern room at the Hatteras lighthouse, and is property of NPS. To date, the news is that it won't be released. So...to display the lens, a wooden platform was built ( and will be painted green).
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Fan legs are bolted into place from below.
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Bottom ring is raised into place.
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And bolted to the fan legs.
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The cage has been built (you saw in some of Shirin's photos) and the lower catadioptric panels have been installed. Jim Woodward prepares roping to hoist the upper panels.
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Next...

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Postby Grover1 » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:12 pm


Judy,

So much thanks for sharing ... will be anxiously awaiting more ....

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Postby shirin » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:15 pm


Awesome Judy - glad to see these are finally up. Still enjoyed my snek peek though. :D
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Postby vacastle » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:20 pm


The guys have placed the first upper catadioptric panel on a cart to wheel it out to the platform (after the ladies have meticuously prepared it!)
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Lights! Camera! Action! Roll 'em!
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Wheel it out!
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All cameras are in place...can we hoist it now?
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And, up it goes!
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Good catch, Kurt!
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Kevin, make sure we get this on film...and guys, don't forget his mike is on! :)
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Postby vacastle » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:39 pm


Beth poised for one of her many shots. That's Joe to her left.
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Woody inside the cage with Kurt securing the panel.
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Kevin having Kurt describe on video some of the problems they ran into and how they resolved them.
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At this point, there were four more panels left to install, and the center racks were going in.
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The best lampists in the country pose in front of their latest work.
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And Jim Woodward poses with a couple of his "lampists in training"!
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:47 pm


Judy,

:yay: :yay: :yay:

Thanks for sharing ... thanks for sharing it all ...

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:39 pm


Judy,

Thanks for sharing these photos. The sequence and descriptive comments were wonderful.
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Postby vacastle » Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:25 am


You are all most welcome!

I'm not a great photographer; my idea was simply to record the job so that we could share the process.

Have any of you noticed from the photos that the first upper cat panel...changed places? It was actually hoisted up and into place on the front of the cage, and Kurt goes, "OOPS!" (the cleaner version) It was in the wrong place and actually belonged closer to the back. Kevin has wonderful raw footage of all this, including the sounds. "Remember that the mike is on!"

The biggest problem they found was that the panels had been laying on a shelf for some time, and so the metal had stretched, but Kurt was able to make all fit.

The guys also thought it amusing how long it took to position one panel...when they were being filmed, and how they were able to place three in the same amount of time the next day, because Kevin took off for Ocracoke for the day!

But the documentary is important, and Kevin hopes that will be out by Sept.

I had planned to stay through to the finish, but my allergies were making me sick, and by Weds. night, the guys were beginning to treat me like Typhoid Mary, and rightfully so. So I dragged myself back to Richmond Thursday while I could still drive, but still got big hugs from all before I left.

We should be able to get a "complete" photo to share with you later.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:24 pm


Judy,

Thanks for sharing all those photo!

btw, in the seventh photo, is that a surfboat in the background?
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Postby vacastle » Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:22 pm


Stephen, it is a surfboat.

In fact, there were two in that warehouse as well as some other equipment and also furniture. NPS said it all came out of Kinnakeet. That was as much information as we could get.

I'll try to find some of those photos for you.

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