Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Camas in December

Camas actually blooms in May, but I just installed this window I designed almost a year ago.  The prairie is put to rest for the winter and though music is going on as always, there is nothing to write about in that vein at the moment, but the prairie still blooms in our front door.

Here is what camas looks like, and I tried to create an abstract suggestion of it in stained glass.  The window was made by Darcy Lodge at The Stained Glass Co. in Lewiston, ID. and I think she did a great job.  I started with a drawing last February...

Then it look far longer than anyone anticipated to get this made because there was an odd bit of glass Darcy was trying to use for the camas leaves, and she'd get it all together and then it would crack and she'd have to take the window apart and replace the cracked piece.  Finally, though, late last month she had it done, and we had it laminated with glass.  I am so accustomed to having things not quite fit in this old house remodeling project I've been working on for more than 20 years that I was shocked to find that not only did this slip perfectly into the window opening, but somehow the sandwich of glass, stained glass, and glass was exactly the same thickness as the window opening.  Every once in awhile Murphy's Law doesn't apply, which is a good thing in this weather--no one wants a wide-open hole in their door in winter this far north!