Monday, October 04, 2010

Starting the window arches on the tower

Paul says hi !  The ladder to the right is actually a track for the gasoline powered lift that raises the stones and "mud" up to the stonemason.  Without the lift, this project would be much more difficult.  It's powered by a 3.5hp Briggs-and-Stratton motor.

In the picture above, you can see the raw stone that we're cutting and chiseling to make the pitch face stones for the tower.  Most of the stones are 8" to 10" thick.  By splitting them (or sometimes cutting them) in half, with the grain, we get stones that are about 4" thick (+- 1").  We then work that material into random lengths.  I also cut specific length stones the mason needs to finish a course at the corners and windows (as he's laying them).
The mortar is wet in some of the joints in this picture.  After it dries a bit, the mason will rake the joints with a wire brush, then with a soft brush.


Anonymous Jake said...

What an amazing project! It's going to be spring when you are done. Where do you get all that determination?

On a second note this must save you a big penny. However have you checked how cheap the Chinese sell bricks and stones today? I bet you have, so this project is about something else. It must be a great feeling when you get to sit on a rocking chair inside the finished tower.

All the best.

October 5, 2010 at 2:08 AM  
Blogger brad_bb said...

Thomas, I believe congrats are in order! (if I read the results correctly on line). Unfortunately we didn't win, but then we are in Illinois near Chicago. Are those windows replaceable, or are they(the flanges) being stoned in permanently? Looks nice by the way. I helped teach a 2 day timberframe workshop the weekend following the election. That was nice.

November 14, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Campbell said...

It's interesting how you make use of those stones. Well, it sure does add up some detail on the house. Does it guarantee extra protection, too? So that's how you do it with the window... Amazing! What about the doors? We're doing a house project in San Francisco, but we're still thinking if we're gonna turn it into a stone house.

March 26, 2011 at 3:37 AM  
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Did you build the whole thing alone ?? Wow :D

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Anonymous melissa said...

Very artistic, beautiful, and the structure is really makes them stand out. Thank you for sharing.

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