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/ 9 0 Q, Ig tti m o By Mike Lakin Any visitor to the Mount Pulaski court- house will soon see that the front doors are in need of repair. The doors probably date from the 1930s restoration of the court- house. When the decision was made to replace both the double front 'doors and the back door of the courthouse, Fred Lipp of Mount Pulaski volunteered. Fred, a retired industrial arts teacher, has worked part time at Smith Hardwoods of Wil- liamsviUe four decades. When Fred taught at WiUiamsviUe, he worked summers at Smith Hardwoods. The well-equipped Smith Hardwoods shop was perfect for the work to be done. For the project, Fred is donating his time. On a recent visit to the shop Fred gave me both a tour of the facility and showed me the work being done on the new doors. At 7'6" the doors are a custom build. Fred explained that the new doors are being constructed out of African mahogany; an extremely weather resistant species of wood. The doors for the historic courthouse are just the most recent project Fred has worked on through Smith Hardwouds. Over the years, Fred's work has included the Lincoln Library and Presidential Museum in Springfield, the Dana Thomas House in Springfield, back stairway turn- ings in the governor's mansion, and wood turnings shutter, work and doors in the Illi- nois State Capitol building. Fred demonstrated the various wood- working equipment in the shop; such as the joiner, planer, Sander, etc. all used in the craRing of the new doors. In addition to the doors Fred crafted two new window sashes for the courthouse. The new doors will be installed after Fred completes the handwork and assem- bly. He said the doors will be painted when weather permits and will be installed, again when weather permits. " The new doors will be welcoming visi- tors later this spring. TIMES Photos IIW