This month consisted of lots of trial and error for the carriage. With the woodwork finished and the exterior painted, we thought best that we started to consider the calligraphy on the outside as well as potentially seeing a change of colour on the inside too!
Last month we started by stencilling calligraphy to the outside of the carriage and roughly filling it in to give an overall idea for how we wanted the final piece to look. This month was spent actually filling in ‘THIRD’ and ‘GUARD’ on the appropriate doors of the carriage. This was drawn and stencilled straight onto the carriage’s exterior using the same paint as indoors to replicate how the carriage might have looked originally.
On the inside however it is of great relief to say that ALL of the interior doors have now been completely finished with their calligraphy! After all of the woodwork was finished and all the dust had settled, we were finally able to tackle all of the new wooden doors. With a little help from James and Fletcher, – the carriage’s dogs – the calligraphy on all of the six doors have finally been finished to replicate the original calligraphy found in the back part of the carriage!
Additional to the calligraphy, we have also managed this month to attach the guards area more, we will update this in the next blog.
Inside the carriage however, inspired by pictures on the internet we decided to play around with the interior with white paint. We hoped that this would have made the carriage interior lighter and therefore much more easy to work in. We also hoped that the interior would appear larger and seemingly more appealing to summer months when the carriage can become hot and humid inside! But no, it looked awful, so it is mahogany brown again.
To help discourage the dust from creating even more hassle for the team, KSEL have started to sand down the ceiling of the guards van and get rid of all the old original paint that has flaked off and onto the surface of the carriage below. Whilst this is seemingly a nice and easy task, we have so far managed to destroy three sanders and have gone through endless reels of sandpaper and gas masks – I think we’re going to be here for a long time to come!