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Castingsof Rosslyn Carvings



In 1994 we engaged Steven D. Nicklas, PhD of PFR Reproductions of Atlanta 
(later of
Decatur) Georgia to make moulds of several of the more important carvings 
within Rosslyn
Chapel because of the visible deterioration which was taking place. We were 
anxious to
be able to re-produce an exact likeness in the event of the original 
carving crumbling away
to nothing - a very real danger as those people who have visited the Chapel 
over the years
will testify.

Mr Nicklas and his team of four experts agreed to pay for their own 
air-fares from Atlanta
on the understanding that they would be able to reproduce these carvings 
for sale within
the U.S. but, once their air-fares had been recovered, the profits would be 
split evenly
between PFR Reproductions and the Friends of Rosslyn for the upkeep of 
Rosslyn Chapel.

Over the years, I made several attempts to contact Mr Nicklas to no avail 
and, finally,
requested the Clan Sinclair Commissioner for Georgia, Donald Sinclair, to 
seek out Mr
Nicklas which he did.  Mr Nicklas had apparently sold the business and, 
from the information contained in the e-mail under reply, it would appear 
that the business has again
been sold on to  Vessels Limited.  No matter, Vessels Limited in taking 
over another
business must accept the liabilities of that business as well as its 
assets.  Part of that
liability was (and is) to make due payment to the Friends of Rosslyn so 
that the Friends of Rosslyn can, in turn, pass on the money to RCT Limited 
(a Trust which was formed after the
agreement with PFR Reproductions).

It should be stated that (a) PFR Reproductions were chosen because of their 
acknowledged
expertise in this field (having been chosen by the Egyptian authorities to 
carry out similar work in that country) and (b) by Historic Scotland who 
recognised the need to 'preserve' ancient carvings by making moulds of them.

Despite numerous promises no money was ever received by the Friends of 
Rosslyn for
any carvings made and sold by PFR Reproductions or their successors.

I personally paid over 4,000 for the necessary materials to allow the 
casts to be made
and still have the receipt in my possession.  It was never my intention to 
reclaim this
amount.  I simply wanted to 'prime the pump' in order to obtain a flow of 
funds for Rosslyn
Chapel.  The agreement with PFR Reproductions served three goals.  The 
first was to ensure the quality of the reproductions; the second was to 
eliminate the high cost of freighting or posting such items overseas; and, 
the third, was to ensure a data-base of
Rosslyn's unique carvings for posterity.

I have tried to make contact with Vessels Limited but ,so far, I have only 
'talked with' an
answering machine.  I will continue to persevere and hope others will do 
the same.

Niven Sinclair

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