The easy and quick way to build something is square and level. That’s not our way on any of our projects and the Hazelnut Inn is taking architectural storytelling to a whole new level. Peter is working his way around the North Star suite and is now on the north side of the building.. We are doing all of the high work first, while we have the snorkel lift. Anytime you have to go up in the air to do some work, the time it takes is multiplied by two or three at a minimum. It is certainly true on this project. The soffits of the large tower are now complete. Tomorrow Peter begins the sculpted plaster work on the walls. If the weather holds he will have the tower complete and be able to start the chimneys next week. It’s sure looking fine!
Peter has been more than a little anxious to install the caryatid on the east wall of the North Star suite since she was sculpted some months ago but had to wait until the construction, sculpted concrete and painting were totally finished. With each long step Peter’s urge to install the figurehead became stronger. The painters insisted that they be allowed to finish detailing their work before they would let him have the man-lift. Detail work of this quality simply cannot be rushed and it took what it needed to take before the wall was declared done. Today, at long last it was time to lift the heavy figure and bolt it permanently in place. The caryatid fit like a glove and in a few short minutes it was in place to stay. One exterior wall of the North Star suite is now complete.
The top of the east side of the North Star is almost painted. The south wall is also getting it’s colour. The North and west wall will get their sculpted plaster this week. The front suite of the Hazelnut Inn is starting to look pretty spiffy and colourful! It sure makes me smile each time I drive by.