Photograph courtesy of Scott Andersen
Photograph courtesy of Scott Andersen
Thanking Scott Andersen of the Greenfield Historical Society for sharing this photograph that he took and added to the Peter Johnson Barkley Find A Grave Memorial.
This gravestone was uncovered during the hands-on cemetery preservation workshop that was held June 25, 2016. It had been buried at the cemetery for many decades.
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“The Historical Society of Greenfield, Ohio, will host a Cemetery Preservation and Restoration Workshop on June 25, 2016, at the Sheep Pen Cemetery beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until dusk (or as long as you can stay that day).
Conducting the workshop will be Gravestone Guardians of Ohio.
During the workshop you will learn the proper techniques of cemetery restoration and repair ~ identifying, cleaning & repairing grave markers. “
(Photographs below courtesy of Scott Andersen)
***Below is the Noah McVay marker that Scott Andersen cleaned and reset***
More Work Needs to be Done at the Sheep Pen Cemetery !
****Surnames at Sheep Pen Cemetery****
Aber, Barkley, Beals (Bales), Bennett, Best, Boyd, Brock, Crooks, Daugherty, Dick, Dorman, Geller, Goodwin, Irwin, Kelley, Limes, McVay, McWilliams, Penwell, Rogers, Roosa, Shepherd, and Yohn.
With Spring upon us and Summer on the horizon, we are reading about hands-on cemetery preservation (or cemetery restoration) workshops to be presented in Ohio and in neighboring states.
Please keep in mind that a workshop is only as worthwhile as the quality of the teaching by its instructor.
“NCPTT does not advocate the use of power tools to clean headstones. The use of such tools can abrade and remove granules from weathered marble and limestone. We do not advocate grinding, re-lettering, or polishing headstones as this alters the original surface of the grave marker.
The company that makes Nyalox brushes compares their performance to wire brushes, which are much too harsh for a stone surface. Would you use a Nyalox brush on a power drill to clean the surface of your automobile? If not, then you would not use it to clean a grave marker.”
These abrasive brushes shown below are harmful to gravestone surfaces and have no place at a cemetery workshop no matter who the instructor is!
“Jonathan Appell is a gravestone conservator and monumental mason, performing cemetery preservation planning and conservation projects throughout the United States. He conducts the vast majority of gravestone and cemetery monument preservation seminars held nationally, hands on training workshops to help towns, cities, churches, historical societies, cemeteries, and individuals gain knowledge and experience in all areas relating to gravestone and monument preservation, historic masonry preservation planning and stone conservation treatment techniques.
Jonathan has been working in fields relating to gravestones and monuments for well over 20 years. Prior to devoting himself exclusively to stone and historic masonry preservation, Jonathan attended violin making school, constructed cabinets, built houses and additions, as well as performed many other related trades.
He became a modern monument installer and cemetery contractor in 1986, and founded the New England Cemetery Service, performing excavation, foundations, monument installation and monument restoration.
During the early 1990s, Jonathan became increasingly involved with the preservation aspect of historic graveyards and cemeteries. He sought out and gained additional knowledge and training through all available sources, such as attending numerous workshops, conferences, studying sculpture and stone carving and through extensive travels and reading. He now owns and continually enlarges an extensive library including many rare books pertaining to all related subject matters; historic masonry & mortars, geology, sculpture, archeology, cemeteries, & ancient construction techniques.”
**Click Below to view and listen to the Youtube video**:
Listen to how this man is treated by Bluffton, Ohio Village councilman Warren at time 2:50 minutes in this excerpt of the Bluffton City Council meeting of March 21, 2016.
Ray was trying to get to the bottom of the runaround The Save Shannon Cemetery group has received for the last year by the Village of Bluffton Ohio, concerning the destruction of a cemetery his ancestors are buried in. After the village appointed a handpicked cemetery commission that unanimously voted to put the cemetery back as it was & in a state of preservation. The village is now playing political games of tabling & not tabling the recommendation & parts of it.
Tell Bluffton, Ohio’s elected officials what you think of their BS, lies, intimidation, & destructiveness.
Current Term Expires Dec. 31, 2017
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Bronze Grave Markers:
Dennis Montagna, Historian at the National Park Service:
For those who have questions on the subject of bronze grave markers and memorials, please contact Mr. Dennis Montagna, Historian at the National Park Service at his email address below to ask questions for one-on-one guidance for their care and restoration:
Statements from Dennis Montagna:
January 27, 2016:
“Most commercially produced bronze plaques for the last 40 or 50 years have a painted surface–usually a brownish background (letters and other high points burnished bright) and then the whole thing gets a clear topcoat.
At some point, the coatings need to be removed and reapplied. Mild gel paint strippers usually work well, although folks who work fast and dirty will uses abrasives.
If you’re just doing a washing, I’d use a very small amount of any of the conservation soaps you’re used to using…Orvus, Igepal, Triton-X…and the apply a cold paste wax that is free of abrasives. Sort of treat it like your car, but don’t use car wax. Use the wax sparingly and buff it out. I like using shoe shine brushes. This may not make a big difference in appearance, but waxes will likely make the lacquer coating last somewhat longer.
From what I’ve seen, some foundries, like Matthews Bronze, apply long-lived coatings. They use a proprietary coating called Diamond Shield, and I don’t know how it should be removed. It might be best to send it back to them for refinishing.
Other producers seem to have less durable coatings, but they may be more easy to remove.
When coatings begin to fail, they usually do it at the edges of things, where it is thinner. Lacquer coatings want to pull away from edges and collect in recesses. Coatings on ground-mounted plaques fail faster because they get beat upon by weather and other things far more than do vertical ones.
If you have a chance to influence placement, always push for vertical! Also, if you can maintain them from the beginning, that’s best, if unlikely.”
January 28, 2016:
“The methods used to produce a bronze plaque are not necessarily ones you would choose to conserve them. Always strive for a light touch.
Just because power grinding and sanding tools were used to make a plaque, it doesn’t mean they’re a good idea in the preservation area.
Aggressive cleaning means loss of surface…just like we see in misguided efforts to clean stone.”
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