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President

Local Address: New Hampshire, United States
Gravestone Services of New England
 
Background

Employment History

  • Owner
    Gravestone Services of New England
  • Owner
    Grave Stone Services of New England

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Kai Nalenz, president of ...
www.recorder.com, 8 Aug 2014 [cached]
Kai Nalenz, president of Gravestone Services of New England, compares some of his recent restoration work in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deerfield to photographs of their original state. Recorder/Micky Bedell
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Kai Nalenz, president of Gravestone Services of New England, stands by the only remaining untouched gravestone of about 100 he has restored for the Childs family in Deerfield's Laurel Hill Cemetery.
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The preservation work was performed by expert gravestone restorer Kai Nalenz, owner of the New Hampshire-based company Gravestone Services of New England. Nalenz said the entire project took about three weeks and involved repairing and cleaning over 100 gravestones, most of which were made of either slate or marble.
Nalenz has been professionally preserving gravestones for the past 10 years. He said that he first became interested in working with stone through his father-in-law, who is a stonecarver. He received his training through the Association for Gravestone Studies and said he has worked on tens of thousands of gravestones to date.
"I always had an interest, but that's how I got into it," he said.
Nalenz said many of the cemetery's gravestones weigh close to 1,000 pounds, and many of them had either fallen over or sunken into the ground over the course of two centuries.
"It must have taken a lot of effort to bring them down here," he said.
Raising one of the stones, a 1,200-pound obelisk, required the use of a special 6,000 pound crane with a 30-foot boom.
Once the obelisk was upright and reset, Nalenz said he had to use nearly a half ton of gravel and stone to stabilize it.
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The marble stones required the use of crushed stone to stabilize their bases and provide adequate drainage, Nalenz said.
"If you let the stones stand in too much moisture, they'll get soft and begin to deteriorate. Then, what's the point? said Nalenz.
Those that weren't as badly damaged just needed to be cleaned up and polished to showcase their intricately carved lettering and artwork. Although Nalenz cleans up the artwork, he said he stops short of attempting to recarve it.
"I don't do any recarving, because I think that's like painting over a master's painting," he said. "It's just not meant to be done."
Nalenz said he was particularly glad to have been able to work on the project due to the Harris's enthusiasm and dedication to their family history.
The Association for Gravestone Studies - Welcome
www.gravestonestudies.org, 22 July 2013 [cached]
Kai Nalenz
Presentation by Kai Nalenz, ...
www.berkshireeagle.com, 11 Jan 2014 [cached]
Presentation by Kai Nalenz, owner of Grave Stone Services of New England.
March 14: Kai Nalenz, ...
www.barnstablepatriot.com, 14 Mar 2014 [cached]
March 14: Kai Nalenz, president/owner of Gravestones Services of New England, who specializes in gravestone repair and conservation, will give a presentation on stone types, history and symbolism, 2 p.m. at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Route 6A, Brewster. Free with museum admission. 508-896-3867; www.ccmnh.org
March 14: Kai Nalenz, ...
www.barnstablepatriot.com, 7 Mar 2014 [cached]
March 14: Kai Nalenz, president/owner of Gravestones Services of New England, who specializes in gravestone repair and conservation, will give a presentation on stone types, history and symbolism, 2 p.m. at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Route 6A, Brewster. Free with museum admission. 508-896-3867; www.ccmnh.org
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