Sunday, February 24, 2013


Feb. 24
With the snowy weather we’ve been working slowly inside and also cutting next spring’s stone for the facing. All of the arch stones for doors and windows are completed. Twenty-eight wood corbels for supporting the roof soffit have also been made and are painted with a prime coat. The electrician finished with the rough-in of the wiring and we are primed to put up the rest of the plasterboard for thin coat plaster on the rainy days when outside work will be impossible. I am beginning to lay out the stringers for the staircases and we have decided on the floor design for the cupola which will be iron with a grill work to allow the light from three stories above to flood the open staircases which will run through the center of the house. Jim

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cherry Doors

Feb. 8
All of the inside walls are framed up and the next task is to finish leveling and setting the four sets of pocket doors. The eight foot black cherry ones on the second floor were finally installed today. These are the ones we bought at a garage last summer for $12.50 each… a remarkable find. They originally came from a Victorian house not far from here. They had all of their original hardware but the track for hanging them was missing.  We used modern barn door hardware to make the track (some modification required) and they work great.
For the last two days the electrician has been here to finish getting all of the wiring on the interior walls completed. When that is done we can get the last of the plasterboard  and we will start hanging it on the interior walls and ceiling in preparation for the two coat plaster work that will be the final surface. Sam better get his plastering arms in shape, one for holding the hod and one for the trowel. At the end of the process he’ll understand why many of the old-time plasterers were drunks, and why getting plastered is a euphemism for drinking too much! Jim

Dear Sir, I object. Although I have much to learn of plastering, and will either strengthen or lose my arm, I will remain a teetotaler. It has been immense fun to see the whole house come to this point. I have proven not only you, but to my own self, that I can plod well into this unseen task; watch, learn, assemble, and even start to acquire the beginning of skill at a few subjects. While plastering may be a mind numbing task, this is not the first time that I have partaken in such a mental/physical practice. Each day is testament to this fact. Sir, each day is testament. Sam