Padgitt said that "Historic chimneys are very different than modern chimneys. They are usually very decorative, with small butter joints between the bricks rather than the wider joints used today. This allows the mason to do very intricate work. The lime mortar is much harder than modern mortar, and sometimes it takes months to find original era bricks." The red clay bricks used during the late 1900's were very hard and last a very long time. The method to reconstruct a Victorian chimney requires marking each brick and laying out a pattern to follow for each course. It is quite time-consuming and the price to reconstruct them is much higher than modern chimneys.
|Gene Padgitt at work|
Gene is active in the Midwest Chimney Safety Council and is a regular instructor for masonry projects. He has won numerous awards over the years for his specialty work. He and his wife, Marge Padgitt, who is the President of the company, are currently working on two books and several instructional films for chimney and masonry professionals to be released later this year.
Kent Dicus has fully restored the home to Victorian style. He is co-author of the new book Pendleton Heights: Then and Now which includes his home on Garfield Avenue. The book is available at www.pendletonheights.org.
|1880 Queen Anne chimney|
(one of five)
Padgitt now has 12 awards for his masonry craftsmanship skills. He is currently working on an instructional film series for professionals and a book with wife Marge Padgitt called Wood-Fired Heating and Cooking.