Week 61

Clinton celebrated a penultimately significant birthday on the weekend by going back to school: blacksmithing school. He's always happiest when he's making and building and doing. So with some stout shoes and safety glasses, off he went to the Quinnells' at Fire and Iron to get stuck in to Make Stuff.  The course was about … Continue reading Week 61

Week 58

Without going into too much drama about tempers flaring, lines of communication being tested, inspections on the edge and deadlines looming, ..., despite all this, it's all mostly going to plan. This week's post will be mostly pictorial as I'm struggling to write anything at all coherent in the rush to finish this project. Loose ends include … Continue reading Week 58

Week 56

The kitchen is in. There are a few teething problems, but I'm sure it's nothing that won't be overcome in time. The most imperative thing that needs a little attention is the presence of the hole that's been drilled for the ducting. James had organised a massive 7" core drill to be onsite for the … Continue reading Week 56

Week 51

Ben had the drone out and it's great to finally see the roof in its glory. Here's a visual progress report from the get go. And these.... Tony had the fire on early in the week, so he kindly invited Ben and me to have a look at making balusters. Each of these is completely hand made … Continue reading Week 51

Week 47

We have a flue! Actually, it's a flue liner, not to be confused with the identically named but made of pumice 'flue liner' that was already installed with the chimney went up. All very technical, but for the past few weeks, Dave has been developing the plans to make this thing work. Terry and Josh … Continue reading Week 47

Week 44

  The roof is almost finished. Spencer asked me if I was happy with the course of cloaking tiles that will sit between the oak gables below and the roof tiles above. He's added a layer of Welsh slate secured underneath to prevent the roof from wobbling as the oak settles. They'll be mortared in … Continue reading Week 44