Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Up! (and better than ever)

Thanks to six straight hours of climbing, Jerry McClanahan and Zach Atchley successfully restored the Bluff Furnace Art of History display. They were assisted by volunteers Monika Groppe and "Seun" Oluwaseun Erinie, and by Nick Honerkamp, who also engaged in some selective chainsaw beautification to the site's landscape in order to improve sight lines from the Tennessee River.

Monika and Seun rig a panel to be hauled up the frame.

Zach (top) and Jerry (below) get high.
This time, instead of using cable ties to secure the panels to the frame, it was decided to use bungee cord that was looped through the panel grommets and then around the frame sections.

We assumed that this would securely attach the fabric while simultaneously allowing a desirable amount of give during high wind-shear episodes. Mark Making had quickly repaired and re-stained the tornado-damaged grommets and fabric, but we had to wait two weeks for delivery of the 600 ft of bungee cord before we could proceed; more than half was used during the installation, and the rest will be kept at the ready for any future repairs or replacements. This new attachment protocol is aesthetically superior to the cable ties, as it makes for a more seamless panel against the frame; see below. We also believe that it will be more resistant to ultraviolet damage than the plastic ties. Only time will tell.


Tuesday's effort was photodocumented by Chattanooga Times-New Free Press photographer Angela Lewis, shown here. One of her photos appears in  the March 30 metro section of the newspaper.

A very focused Angela Lewis, Chattanooga Times-News Free Press Photographer
Having survived a tornado, the Art of History installation should have a relatively stabile future. And happily coinciding with our second successful hanging is the publication of a lead article on Bluff Furnace in the Society for Industrial Archaeology Newsletter, Volume 40, No 1, Winter 2011. Authored by Nick and entitled "Cupola Art Teaches Iron History at Bluff Furnace," this SIA publication now brings an international audience to the site, its art, and its history.

35 comments:

  1. great articles and photos! i was wondering if there is any info on that little cave opening at the very end of the trail adjacent to the old furnace? Thanks! =)

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  2. Congratulations for such installations. Looking forward to see its full restoration.

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  3. That looks like it was so much fun! How long did you need to hike to get up there. I bet that a lot of people will be happy to see that furnace. If I am ever in that area, I will have to go up there and check it out!

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  5. That is really cool! Unfortunately, my furnace went out at the beginning of the winter season and I had to get it replaced. Luckily, I have a great company I worked with, and they brought me a new furnace in no time and replaced my old one. It was great. So glad to see that you restored yours as well!

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  11. This is so cool, but I don't think I get how this was used as a furnace? What was its purpose being out there and as big as it is, still really cool though. I've been on the hunt for some furnaces Edmonton that I could re-salvage and give to those in need but its crazy how many I've come across and the different types there are out there.

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  12. Those are some awesome pictures. Looks like you guys were hard at work. Do you know if there is a furnace in Calgary like that? I would love to see one.

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  26. That is a great community symbol. I'm glad that you had it fixed to remember the past. That is what makes our communities unique. I was needing furnace repair in Calgary and came across this. I'm glad I did.

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