Take your positions directs Mr Ramius
And, finally, the obligatory puppy pic (for Sue)
See WengLong, Joachim, and Hilary – I must have been paying attention at some time!
Although these look like walls – they are in fact the foundation walls build on top of the footings i.e. they will be below the level of the final building ground floor.
Here is the idea in progress – the foundation walls now part way up.
and here, showing a temporary retaining wall in stone immediately behind the builders
Next some details of the building process when working in stone as we are here.
Of course the stones don’t come in pre-packed sizes…so yes they have to be first burnt, then hammered and finally, artfully positioned so that they fit and the ‘look’ from the outside or inside is ‘good’
The completed ‘slab’ on top of the foundation walls
Here are some ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots – so we can see how far we’ve come since 1st April 2014!
At the beginning – a burnt out shell of a building
and suddenly ..
And again from the inside – the original door and window to its left.
Remember the saga of the stairs:
Well we got there in the end!
And finally the school room up those stairs
After burning some of the granite rock out of the way we start digging. How hard can it be after all?
Well up here what you see on top is not what is lurking underneath – more rocks.
And it is a building site with a pretty good view too.
Well the stairs were a bit of a mission in of themselves. To start with they had to follow the curve of the rondavel, plus I had the fine idea to make them wider at the bottom than the top. So what yours truly didn’t realise is that making a single laminated plank a) angle up, then b) curve while angled, and yes c) follow a decreasing arc not a constant curve (the stairs being wider at the bottom) is not straightforward! So the carpenters had to do their best job yet.
Below you can see the laminated plank that was contorted into part of a decreasing 3D spiral
In August 2014 we were high enough to start the roofing activities, build scaffolding, and invent new roofing – cromadek industrial roofing sheet steel cut into a fish scale pattern.
So that it eventually looks like this…….