Studio Flood Damage and Clean Up

by jeanmatray on January 4, 2010

The Littleton Studio School was damaged by a broken pipe in the attic of the facility we rent. A sprinkler system pipe broke and water rained into the metal and clay studio. When the front door was first opened water gushed out. Nearly a foot of water covered some parts of the studios. There is insurance on the facility and contents, but a lot of work needed to be done during the holidays to get the place back to working condition.

Since the day it happened many people have volunteered to help. Washing down walls with clorox, inventorying, cleaning, testing, cleaning, mopping, cleaning. Both studios suffered tool damage, but luckily not enough to stop classes from starting.

In the metal studio we were crushed to see the state of the brand-new Durston Rolling Mill (named Athena).  She has been removed from the studio and is in the trusted hands of a local machinist, Hank, who says he will bring her back as good as new.

In the clay studio the condition of the kiln is in question as the top appears to have suffered cracking. Many books were very damaged, and one of the wheels.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came in, to those who sent donations, and to those who kept the studio in their thoughts during this time. We’re very thankful that the community came together to keep the studio going.  We’re looking forward to a good (and dry) 2010!

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Littleton Studio School-Jean Matray January 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Thanks Paul and Lynn for the encouragement and support. The books were the basics, Lynn. The classes we teach range from introductory (Jewelry 1) to more advanced (granulation). Our library wasn’t very large since we just opened a year ago. Tim Mcreight Complete Metalsmith, and some older review books used for inspiration like Modern Silver, Silver in American Life, Early American Silver, African Designs. And lots of supplier catalogs. We would always be very thankful and would welcome donations of books. Students are hungry for information. We’re also a non-profit, so donations are tax-deductible. Here is the address if you decide to send something along (or come visit) – Littleton Studio School
21 Mill St., Littleton, NH 03561. Thanks very much for offering!

Lynn Vernon January 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

What kinds of books were damaged? I may have some I can donate. Not sure what classes you teach. Just let me know.

I am so sorry this happened to you.

Paul Brackna January 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Oh how I feel your pain. I’m so sorry this happened to your school. I do custom and repair work for (3) jewelry stores and a few years ago had my shop totaled by water. Everything was rusted. Thank God I had insurance and was covered for full replacement. Hang in there, it’s great to have friends in time of need.

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