As we prefabricate the last of the pieces in the shop it is mostly small things left. It is lots of fun to concentrate on the small details instead of the massive pieces. Today we mudded one of the boxes that will be placed by the wagon. Jenessa and I carved in the lines to define the boards and then carved in the gnarly woodgrain. The last step was to create the nails to 'fasten' the boards together in a believable fashion. The easiest way to do this is to use a suitable sized socket and a small hammer to create an impression and then twist the socket to take away the six sided shape. It looks remarkably like a nail - especially when we paint the nail heads with our iron paint that will actually rust.
This is visual story telling - down to the teniest detail.