Saturday, March 31, 2012

The build 2

I've just about finished the shell and exterior of the new studio.  I've been utilizing free time before and after my classes so it's been slow progress(at least to me anyways.)  The time away from the clay and into the build has been enjoyable, something different.  I've always been one to work with my hands, I call people like me "makers."  Making/building/constructing has always come easy to me, though I would hesitate to call myself a master of anything, I've always had a knack or intuition for that type of thing.  My time working as a carpenter is something that I wouldn't trade for anything.   That was the only job I've ever had that I truly enjoyed (potting & teaching not withstanding).  There's a blog post draft deep in the abyss that ponders the topic of being a maker...perhaps I'll get around to that someday. 

Here's a photo of the inside of the studio, I envision that corner back there as my throwing corner, wedging table in front of the window. 

In a freak accident I had a board with nails sticking out fly out of the scrap pile and go into the top of my foot.  Not entirely sure how it happened, voodoo perhaps.  My old boss would dock our pay if we left boards laying around with nails sticking out.  They either had to be removed or bent over.  That would've been $5 and a stern lecture, which I would have preferred.  Lesson learned.

Here's a shot once I got all the siding up.

Shingled.  I forgot what a pain(literally) it is to deck and shingle low pitch roofs.  I don't foresee another roofing job anytime soon but I will seriously consider hiring that out.

I don't think I've ever had a ladder that I didn't stand on the top of, if there's a wrong way to use a ladder I've probably done it.  I posted this photo with a quote on facebook:
"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions." -Oliver Wendell Holmes
A former student of mine posted:
‎"Stupid is as stupid does" -Forrest Gump

Trim up, ready for caulk, putty, and paint.  I'm on the lookout for some more windows.  It will be awhile before I get the insulation and such in so I have plenty of time to get windows in with no trouble.  The top windows came from the Habitat Re-store, they're double pane beasts, probably about 70-80# each.  The lower window and the doors came from my local lumberyard, they were special order items that, for whatever reason, didn't make the cut and I got a heck of a deal on them.  The french doors were supposed to be interior doors though the door slabs were exterior thickness.  So I had to mill up new stops to thicken the jambs and accept weatherstripping as well as install a sill/threshold.  With that expense I still saved about $250 over buying new french doors.  I hate that the lower window doesn't line up with anything, everything else is so well spaced, but it's the perfect spot for where I want it on the inside.
In phase 3(phase 2 is finishing the interior) I will pour a slab patio that comes out about 12-14 ft, not sure if I'll go the whole width of the studio.  I'll pitch a shed roof off the studio from underneath the upper windows to cover it.  That will give me a nice area for outside work, mixing clay, processing materials, etc.  That is way down the line so we probably won't be seeing that any time soon.

Well, there you have it.  If I have time the next few days I will start getting it caulked and puttied,  I'm actually going to take bids to have someone come paint it, I HATE painting.  Hate it.  Painting, drywall taping/mudding and now roofing are all on my list of trades that I am capable of doing but the hatred to cost ratio makes it worth paying someone else to do.  My clay is going to start coming out of the racks tomorrow so probably about mid-week I'll be hitting the wheel hard with a firing scheduled for the end of April.



Anna M. Branner said...

Looking fantastic. I have studio envy. I hope your tetanus shot is up to date!

Adriana Christianson said...

Ditto on the studio envy..and 'ow' for the foot..looking good,looking damn good..

Unknown said...

Wow, pretty impressive- worth the limp ;)

Joe Troncale said...

I love the Holmes quote!!! I'm still laughing...
It really looks good. You have to be really excited somewhere in your exhaustion.