The original First-order Fresnel lens and clockwork mechanism from Piedras Blancas Lighthouse are on display next to the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cambria, California. The lens is on loan from the Coast Guard to the Cambria Lions Club. A glass enclosure was built to house the lens and clockwork in 1996.
Jim Woodward, one of the leading Fresnel lens experts in the United States, has prepared for the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association a detailed 10-page report on the condition of the lens and the building that houses it. Soon, Woodward will clean the lens’s upper prisms. Volunteers, under his supervision, will assist with the more easily accessed prisms. Work is scheduled to begin in early December.
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