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While prepping these gable rakes for a painter it was discovered that the upper half on both sides were rotten. Replacing the rakes entirely would have been prohibitively expensive. Thoughtful decisions were made about what and where to cut to facilitate the introduction and structural stability of the new work which would need to be mated to the existing portions that were still intact. Accurate patterns were made and suitable materials were sought out. The upper halves of the rakes were reconstructed in layers of Douglas Fir bonded together with a waterproof epoxy, the various patterns cut or routered into each layer. The result, painted in its original turn of the century colors, is quite stunning. 

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