Pint of bass, porkpie, and packet of crisps please
- 7 Jul 2010
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I've had (once or twice!) boxwood pulleys in oak pulley blocks, brass spindle, beautifully made and no bigger than cast iron equivalents. Very neatly fitted into pulley stiles - no screws or nails just sitting with a bevelled edge at the bottom fitting in to a matching undercut housing. Might have a photo I'll see if I can find one.They were my sprigs and he stole them from me...I kept one though and it's in my marking gauge it's tiny and under 1mm thick. If they were later they would have been made from slit stock and not bar.
I collected a large number of nails for his thesis and he had me dragging a magnet on a rope around the reclamation yards of Somerset during my spare time.
The oak sills were original too and the earliest windows had boxwood pulleys with rectangular lead weights. Lovely windows. There was also a fixed window with broad glass in it, didn't dare touch it though.
I'm really pineappled off about the nails I've chucked over the years, especially the 5 gallons I collected in my chapel conversion!
I've cast quite a few weights in lead - had to where the cases or sash pockets were too small for cast iron. Square section. Just a simple mould pressed into builders soft sand, which holds its shape. Lead is handy as you can simply saw bits off to trim the weight exactly. Slightly heavier for top sash, lighter for bottom, so when shut they stay firmly shut with less rattling, but will stay open with friction.