Linda started grinding the glass baubles and assembling the grapes back in April 2010. The project was shelved (can't remember why) for a couple of years.
In January 2013, with snow outside, it was good workshop weather, and she got after it.
Cutting the glass.
Meanwhile, Dave starts on the frame. Its composed of eight oak segments biscuit jointed together and with large glued keys for strength.
Gluing in the keys. Took over the kitchen table as it was too cold outside to glue.
Last keys glued. The circle has only been roughed out on the band saw.
With a large circle jig and router, the outside and inside edges are trimmed.
The finished frame. The back is also rebated to take the glass.
The stained glass is in three sections, so a wooden "branch" will span across the circular frame to hold the pieces. Here the curvy grain of a slab of walnut is being matched to a template.
Trial fitting the glass. This is the back of the piece and the rebates in the back of the branch needed to be fine tuned.
Close up of the back.
The hand-cut branch joint.
Finally the finished piece.
We put a white sheet behind it and displayed it at our Bouloc stained glass workshop ("Nuit de Bouloc").
A closeup of the walnut branch.
Forged some hangers and managed to get it installed.
The new fire and stained glass. We hope to install a light behind it (probably outside) so that it shows up more at night.