{"title": "May 31 2015 New Organ Update","images":[{"caption":"artistic rendering of the new South Case. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/NewOrgan.jpg"},{"caption":"These are two large bellows that will provide receive raw, unregulated wind from the blower and provide regulation of the air pressure. These units have had all the woodworking completed, and are awaiting the leather work that will make the tops flex. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Bellows.jpg"},{"caption":"Dobson pipe-maker and voicer John Streufert is cutting out metal to make into organ pipes. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/John_Streufert.jpg"},{"caption":"The Swell four-rank Cornet has 148 pipes, here all made and fitted to their rack. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Swell_Rank.jpg"},{"caption":"This large wooden frame will support the windchests of the Solo division. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Wooden_Frame.jpg"},{"caption":"The swell shutters are made out of northwestern red cedar, which has been butcherblocked for stability. Given how the shutters must move together and fit precisely, they need to be as immune as possible from seasonal shift. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Swell_Shutters.jpg"},{"caption":"The Solo shutter front betrays the arch it will fill. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Solo_Shutter_Font.jpg"},{"caption":"Here is the top portion alone. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Top_Portion.jpg"},{"caption":"And here is the bottom portion, fitted with the shutters. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Bottom_Portion.jpg"},{"caption":"Thick shutters close up the tone, which makes the crescendo that much more dramatic when the shutters open. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Thick_Shutters.jpg"},{"caption":"All parties have been collaborating on the layout of stopknobs … ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Stopknobs.jpg"},{"caption":"… and the other controls. The goals here are simplicity and logic. Particularly for the many visiting organists, every stop and control should seem to be in the most natural location possible. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Other_controls.jpg"},{"caption":"The main structure of the new case is being made at the Dobson shop. Here are some of the post caps … ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Main_Structure_of_New_Case.jpg"},{"caption":"… and finials. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Finials.jpg"},{"caption":"Designs for carvings are drawn out first by Lynn Dobson, and then passed to Dennis Collier, Sr. Both men make further refinements, and the final designs are put to the church for comment and approval. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/carving_Designs.jpg"},{"caption":"Dobson also initially suggests how certain pieces might be carved, using color keys. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Color_Keys.png"},{"caption":"Although much of the work is begun by a computer-driven machinery, all of the critical finishing is done by hand. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Critical_finishing.jpg"},{"caption":"Close examination of the chancel woodwork, coupled to trial and error in the workshop, have produced a finish color that will blend in with the range of hues found in the Saint Thomas chancel. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Chancel_Woodwork.jpg"},{"caption":"The first design and carving work is concentrating on the lower section of the case. For example, the panels seen here … ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Portrait_crests.jpg"},{"caption":"… are eventually worked out in far greater detail by Lynn Dobson … ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Dobson_detail.jpg"},{"caption":"… and turned into beautiful finished panels by the Collier team. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Colliers.jpg"},{"caption":"Panels that may seem similar at first are, upon closer inspection, all quite individual. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Dobson_detail1.jpg"},{"caption":"Such variety is found everywhere throughout the adornment of Saint Thomas. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Adrornment.jpg"},{"caption":"The regular depiction of nature is typical of Gothic decoration. These panels allow the opportunity to continue that theme and permit the organ case to harmonize with its surroundings. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Gothic_decoration.jpg"},{"caption":"These studies help refine the details that make a completed panel thrive. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Completed_Panel.jpg"},{"caption":"Other studies help to define what kind of variety feels and looks really good. Note the extra bracket around the central pendant in the middle panel. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Extra_bracket.jpg"},{"caption":"With the studies completed on these elements that are repeated, the production work begins. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Production_Work.jpg"},{"caption":"The various portrait crests are located in the lower portion of the case, just above the Cantoris choir stalls. ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Lower_Case_Design.jpg"},{"caption":"Fr Andrew Mead Panel ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Mead_Crest.jpg"},{"caption":"Fr John Andrew Panel ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Andrew_Crest.jpg"},{"caption":"Gerre Hancock panel ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Hancock_Crest.jpg"},{"caption":"John Scott panel ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Scott_Crest.jpg"},{"caption":"William HA Wright panel ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Wright_Crest.jpg"},{"caption":"William and Irene Miller panel ","src":"http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/Miller_Crest.jpg"}]}