It's really quite hard to believe we're only ten days into building. (With wood, that is!) It is amazing what can be accomplished when you combine time, drive, passion, skill, experience, determination - and the threat of impending winter!
This past week brought many productive days, during which we put the purlins onto the rafters, as well as framed for- and built- a cupola. (The floor with ladder hole (below) is just a temporary platform from which we built the cupola, whose main purpose, besides adding a bit of visual interest to the building, is to flood the new showroom and the upstairs with natural light.)
The views from up there are AMAZING! (And we thought our kiln chimney was tall.) We sort of wish it could become a reading nook or some such thing, but hey, the aforementioned natural light wins out for now. Plus, we can't wait to be throwing pottery at our wheels on the ground level, and look up through the opening in the floor straight up to the sky!
We were also pleased to begin some diagonal framing, an aspect which makes George's buildings very unique. Instead of putting the studs at right angles, he cuts them at 45 degrees. They remain 16" on center, which meets building code, but creates a rigid and economical structure, and eliminates the need for sheathing - saving money and lots of toxic glues.
We enjoyed learning more about the process of diagonal framing, and appreciated the many years of experience George brings to this approach. (He has a good head for math, as you can imagine!) It is a beautiful end result, one which uses far less lumber than a conventional structure, and will contribute to less overall setting of the cellulose insulation we plan to blow into the wall cavities.
Nathan and George also took some time to build a reverse gable on the north wall. (photo below) There will be entry doors there, into the showroom, and we wanted to ensure the snow sheds well. We also think it makes for an appealing entrance!
If all goes well, this next week will bring framing of the lower level (where our workshops will be), roofing (metal), cupola windows and siding, and perhaps wrap! We are also looking forward to windows and doors and eventually - before Christmas?! - ship lap siding. Wow!
It's funny how hard it is to reflect on this project in a bigger sense - we're so deep IN it now. I'm sure reflection will come later . . . but there are plenty of moments when we come up for air, take it all in, and feel downright giddy at the prospect of working in this gorgeous space, on our land, towards our shared passion. Having the chickens clucking and scratching about the yard is more than just scenic - it's a nice, grounding feeling - that we're headed in the right direction - towards our "pottery farm!"
P.S. We've decided last minute to have a Holiday Open Studio and Sale next weekend, December 15th, from 11 am 'till 4pm. Hope you can join us!. And yes, we'll be most certainly giving tours of the new studio!