using timber and stone from our farm,
and living off the grid.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Stonework: my first original video
After a 6 month hiatus from house blogging, I'm back in the game. The good news is that I defeated the incumbent County Judge Executive in a political race, and the candidate for US senate (Rand Paul) that I was promoting won his primary election against an establishment politician as well. The bad news (for blog followers!) is that I'll be super busy starting this January, assuming I win the general election. (My chances look good in the general election.)
For the past few weeks, I've been cutting stones for the front of the house. Here's a video showing how I make the window sills from stones that I find in the creek. (My daughter recorded the video with her digital camera. Please accept our apologies for the poor audio... we'll do better next time!) I hope you enjoy the video. None of the stones I'm using are perfect, so it takes a lot of patience to achieve a particular result.
This picture shows two of the window sills (3+" thick) as well as a bunch of the capstone (1.75" thick) that I have prepared. It's actually harder to face the thinner stones without breaking them. I tried using a torch to "thermal" the surface in order to remove the saw marks, but it didn't work too well and it burned a lot of gas. I think I'll stick with the chisel method I know.