Entry fabrication almost complete!

Only three days were spent at the work site this week. Monday was spent in the shop. Tomorrow, Friday, July 1, is Canada Day - a national holiday. But we made great progress and continue to push the carpenters, insulators and dry wallers. The ladies do much of the support work in preparation for the carved concrete to follow. Here Becky staples wire to a beam.

The carved concrete work is done in three stages. I first trowel it on in one thick coat. This is allowed to set for up to three hours. Then I do the preliminary carving. The ladies of my crew follow, adding final texture and brushing the surface thoroughly to ensure paint adhesion and prepare the surface for the glazes to follow later. In this shot Sarah and Sabrina work hard to stay ahead of the rapidly curing concrete.

By the end of the day most of the beams and brickwork in the entry are complete We are moving into the transition areas of the bar and kitchen now as well as the restaurant area.

On the other side of the hallway the base paintwork has begun making things suddenly in color.

The feeling through the entry is now pure magic. By the time the final paint, endless details and flooring are all in place it will be like nothing seen before. I can hardly wait!

-grampa dan