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Restored Lens at Angels's Gate

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Postby Grover1 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:49 am


From The Daily Breeze

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_12613626

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:37 am


Insured for a quater-million ?? 8O That's what grabbed me.............

And only 4 people in the WORLD that do this ??

Talk about a specialized craft :!:
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Postby LighthouseNews » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:27 am


CHUCKX53 wrote:Insured for a quater-million ?? 8O That's what grabbed me.............


It did me too, but only because the figure is so low. I would think it's worth more. In fact, it's irreplaceable.

CHUCKX53 wrote:And only 4 people in the WORLD that do this ??

Talk about a specialized craft :!:


Yeah, Jim Woodward is one, there's one in Michigan (and is a member of this forum...alchunb). Another is Joe Cocking, and Artworks Florida, who besides repair also does reproductions in acrylic, and there are a couple others whose names I can't find at the moment.

My concern is when they are gone, who will do this type of work? I do hope they have apprentices.
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Postby Weasel58 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:11 am


Yeah $250,000 is way too low of an amount. I remember one time talking to a museum that had a 5th order lens on loan from the Coast Guard and they had to have a 1 million dollar policy on it.
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:37 pm


... Enter lighthouse consultant Woodward, who learned the craft of lens restoration as an apprentice under Arthur Mienhold in the U.S. Coast Guard during the 1960s

We can only hope there are apprentices under Mr Woodward ...
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Postby LighthouseNews » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:53 pm


Weasel58 wrote:Yeah $250,000 is way too low of an amount. I remember one time talking to a museum that had a 5th order lens on loan from the Coast Guard and they had to have a 1 million dollar policy on it.


That's sounds way more reasonable, even if it's still irreplaceable.
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Postby NoahG » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:49 pm


I believe Mr. Woodward does have apprentices. I forget who.
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Postby alchunb » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:05 am


Yes, Jim Woodward has an apprentice (I like to think of it as more of a partner now, not just an apprentice)... I'm Capt. Kurt Fosburg from Marquette/Copper Harbor, MI. I've worked with Mr. Woodward for 10 years now and have done almost 40 lenses to date. We (Woody and I) just moved the Portage Lower Entry 4th order lens on Wednesday, and I will be restoring it at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse soon for permanent display. I am very proud to work under Mr. Woodward, and with our other associate, Jim Dunlap of Staten Island, NY. I have been professionally trained in a very unique old world art, and am looking forward to preserving these masterpieces for many years to come.
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:11 am


Captain Fosburg, a pleasure in meeting you and thank you for the information ... we will be looking forward to your future work as well ... could just be me but I sense a great future demand for your learned talent and acquired skill ...

Interesting screen name, also!

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Postby Weasel58 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:57 am


Capt. Kurt, were you the one who gave a talk on Fresnel lens to some folk from the WILD boat group a couple of years ago in the Marquette Museum?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:13 am


Jim Woodward is also a member of Lighthousing.net.

Hi Kurt! I had the extreme pleasure and opportunity to work with you and Jim and Woody on the Hatteras lens restoration, as did my good friends Shirin, Beth and Betty. Even got to stay with you and the guys at the beach house for a bit. Thank you for all the wisdom and experience you so willingly shared with us.

The Hatteras lens restoration is documented somewhere within our archives here at LH.net.

Jim Woodward and his team are talented lampists.
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Postby Grover » Wed May 26, 2010 7:41 pm


...
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