Today was an extremely good day for bark. Yesterday's rapid progress continued today with the application of the lower section of fibreglass reinforced concrete and it's sculpting into bark. We experimented with some small sections before settling on a new technique which worked out extremely well. This stump's bark is far better than it's bite!
It's kind of funny how certain steps in our building process seem to go so very quick. We design, measure up, figure out, cut and weld for the longest time. Then the lath is painstakingly applied and carefully checked. Then it is sculpting day and a whole lot seems to get accomplished in a big hurry. The truth is we work diligently every single day and are productive too. Some things just take a little longer while other steps seem to be very visual and go in a hurry.
The large piece for the PNE was largely transparent until today. With the application and the sculpting of a large portion of the surface the piece changed very dramatically in a relatively short time. Tomorrow, we'll do the gnarly bark on the bottom of the tree stump and 'in an instant' the feature will progress once more.
Peter and I drew up a concept drawing for NEBs Fun World bowling alley last fall. The concepts mapped out the overall look and some small sample pieces set the standard for the textures and colours for the crew. Then we began work. The bowling alley is more than 300 feet wide with fifty-two lanes. To facilitate the shipping and handling of the pieces we broke the long wall into twenty-six pieces plus five pieces up each side of the lanes. The tricky part is to maintain a consistent look throughout the project, even though the bulk of it has already been shipped. The time form the first to the last piece will be a span of five months. None of the pieces are identically the same but each piece flows into the next for a consistent look. To make sure everything matched we numbered each section and photographed them. We then referred to those photos as we worked on the adjacent panels.
We won't see it all together until it is all installed but we are confident it will fit together seamlessly. The first two side wall panels were moved from the shop into storage today. The crew did an awesome job of painting them!