God's Gifts


Brendan Hamptill called a few weeks later and said he had an idea for the altar.  He had one that was the only thing sitting in a warehouse that he desperately needed to close.  It was stone, a former side altar.  It was large, and heavy.  He could get it to us relatively cheap, and the freight would not be that much.  It was over 100 years old, and we could get it right away.  If we had to have someone design and cut it today, it would probably cost us over $100,000. 

After a brief deliberation we said yes.  When it arrived, it was coated in paint.  Yes, we all agreed, who paints stone?  It would need to be sandblasted.  Someone knew someone and we sent it to him.  But try as he may, all his materials were damaging the stone, which turned out to be sandstone, a very delicate stone.  He ended up having to hand scraped the entire surface.  We also needed it to be cut down from six feet to five feet.  The altar came to us in nine different pieces, each weighing between 500 to 2000 pounds. 

When it was all said and done, the contractors who were doing the renovation had to pour extra concrete on the sanctuary steps in order to hold the altar.  Four stonemasons had to be contracted to reassemble the altar.  However, once in place, it looks like it was meant to be there all along.

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