Posts tagged Hazelnut Inn
Following the curve

Every project we build has to follow the same building code as everyone else. Sidewalks can’t be steeper than 1 in 12 slope, railings need to be 42” high with a maximum space of 4” between the spindles and we need to engineer many of our components as required. The purpose of following these many rules is to keep people safe, especially important when we distract them with eye candy at every turn. But that does not mean we have to build in the same fashion as everyone else. Far from it. In our book curves are much more pleasing to the eye than straight and over the top fancy is better by far than plain.

Matthew started cutting and fitting the steel pipe for the front railing today. It was a challenging project. First the heavy hydraulic bender had to be hauled rom the shop to the worksite along with lots of pipe of course. This railing would have pleasing curves and also undulate vertically at the same time. This meant studying the required action, taking some notes, doing a gentle trial bend, hauling the railing pipe up to the wall and test fitting it, back to the bender for some more tweaking and then repeat until it matches the existing wall perfectly. Then it needs to be trimmed to length and carefully fit into place, ready to weld. No gaps bigger than 1/8” are allowed as up to that size is easily filled with weld. Five sections of pipe were bent and fit this afternoon. On Monday, Matt and Peter will do the top rail which follows a slightly different line than the bottom. Then they will mark out the spacing and cut and weld in the steel pickets, each with a unique length. It certainly isn’t the fastest way to build a fence but the end result is well worth the effort! Nice job Matt!

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Made in the shade!

Matt & Peter with the help of Grant made great progress sculpting on the front wall of the North Star garden. In the morning they sculpted the curved bricks on top. They had to work quickly as was it was 29 degrees celsius (about 85 degrees farenheit for our US friends) with a brisk wind blowing in from the south. That’s a perfect day to be outside but a tough day to be sculpting concrete! The theme work turned out great - as always!

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Elephant blocks

It was the perfect day to sculpt concrete and the crew made great progress on the second wall of the North Star suite of the Hazelnut Inn. The giant elephant stone blocks now extend all the way to the tower. The middle section is ‘broken away’ and will be ‘patched’ with brickwork tomorrow. It is amazing just how much this section of wall changed things, both from the outside and inside the hidden garden at the top. Once painted and aged they will look great. When we plant the creeping ivy and it kicks in, this section will look awesome! It is starting to come together in a BIG way! Stay tuned for more progress tomorrow…

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