This conservation job required restoring the rail heads at Wing Church in Buckinghamshire. The rail head had been damaged and had deteriorated to an advanced stage, with one of the heads snapped in two, another severely bent, and all three having missing leaves. We were provided with a “meccano” set of parts that had fallen off and been saved.
On order to replicate the missing components, we used good quality charcoal iron from our supply, and made the new items using traditional techniques. Each head had a different style of leaf, possibly made by different smiths. As a result, each leaf was painstakingly recreated to match the original ones.
Once all items had been repaired, using reversible conservation-led techniques, we re-installed at the church to await a coat of paint.