Thursday, 8 November 2012

Testing testing

We made up a test panel of sandstone today so I could get an idea of the contrast between the two different finishes I have chosen.Most of the stonework on the bothy we are going to rebuild in the new year is too far gone to save and it is going to require quite a large amount of fresh stone, so it is important I make the right choice now as the finishing of the stone is going to take months of work.Now I need to pick out what type of detailing I want to door jambs and mullions....should keep me busy over the dark nights to come.

12 comments:

Vinogirl said...

The bothy is going to be quite a big job then?

Scrobs... said...

I'm on the train as we speak!

What a fantastic job you've got there...

Just shows; be a good guitarist; get there when you want!

You really are living a Scrobs dream Thud, and I congratulate you on your great project!

We (at The Turrets) used to imagine a scheme where the returns were millions, and we called it 'Fantasy Cash'. I'm so delighted that someone can actually do this, and build a proper house with all sorts of friends and relations on site (or abroad), and wach the result unfold.

All power to your elbow, and while I am envious, I really could not get up that ladder now, something to do with a pension becoming reality...

This is reality in my sort of building, and you're right there - good man!

Thud said...

Thanks Scrobs I'm sure if you could be here I could learn plenty of new stuff as you certainly know the trade from top to bottom.

Electro-Kevin said...

I agree with Scrobs.

haddock said...

the trouble with modern walls is that their thickness is betrayed by the quoins..a wall that traditionally would be 18" or more thick will be obvious at the corners, the modern narrow wall using traditional materials will never be convincing in that detail... I shall be considered a heretic for saying so, but a more convincing 'old wall' could be built using an L shaped quoin giving the impression of the wall thickness... even if that must be a reconstituted 'fake'...

Thud said...

Haddock....good to see you back,blocks are 8 inch at the moment which makes quoins barely liftable...we do everything by hand here!

haddock said...

52 years ago I was offered an apprenticeship with a quarry owner, someone to train up to eventually take over when he retired...providing dressed stone for renovation work to local historical buildings and general masonry work and carving.. I turned it down because I fancied being an aircraft engineer and saw no future in stonework...
and have regretted the decision for 40 years....the quarry is now derelict....

and me nearly so.

Thud said...

H....I think for a while you would have had a thin time of it but in the last few years there has been somewhat of a resurgence. I try to do my bit by only buying British stone and employing only local masons...it costs though!

Albert said...

Stop standing around and get on with it, you're flippin slow, your mum should have been in by Xmas, where will you store father Xmas's presents :-)

Thud said...

IAlbert....I presume that was you beeping as I dug holes in the pouring rain!

Albert said...

Ah! so I woke you up, that was the intention. :-)

NotClauswitz said...

That's rather quite smart looking!