The ice is starting to take hold in the Bay... The varathane is starting to take hold on the floor-- well, on part of the floor. I'm going to have to do half the floor at a time, becuase there is too much stuff that needs to get shifted around all the time! First lessons to be slated for Feb. 2nd, 'Grand Opening' slated for Feb. 14, 11am-3pm. Can't wait!
The best thing about working on my own (and on my own project) is that now that there is a bit of heat in the studio, it's so nice that my slippers are my work boots! Looking at the new wall by the new door... ... some new floor... takes a lot longer to get this together than it looks; still waiting for the boards (which I have to move out of the way, and turn, and flip about a million times each day) to be dry enough to put down. As it is, I worry that there will be shrinkage which means that in a few months, large spaces will appear between the wood. But for now, I really really like it! If only I were faster!
We used to have two windows to the outside here... for the past three months or so, they have been closely watching the changes happening in the studio, along with being the portal that allows extension cords through to the plugs in the house. Today, however, was the day that I would remove the casings, and make yet another hole in the wall...
...seems to take so much longer to take things apart, than to just build fresh... and creates a lot of junk. I was able salvage most of the existing studs, and some of the casing material, and will put the extra insulation to good use as well... Finally, after cleaning up some of the mess, a doorway framed in!And the sliding door to the studio from the house is in!! Dont' get me talking about the weight of this door-- Hiin is lucky he was working today; I had to refer back to gr. 8 physics: things like levers and mechanical advantage really do come in handy in real life :-)!
Black Betty!! We finally broke down and bought a great big woodstove, just in time for this steady minus 30 (degrees celsius!!!) weather. The house is still drafty, the cold still comes in when the wind blows like it does all the way from the Blow-Me-Downs across the water to us, but it is SO MUCH WARMER than it has been prior to this! Imagine if we actually get proper vapour barrier on the rest of the walls this spring!!
Look at that marvellous, marvellous heat!!
And to top it all off, the breadmaker that Hiin gave me for Christmas has this really great program that allows me to preset the time the bread will be finished... so last night I timed it to be done at 7am. What a beautiful aroma to wake up to, the whole house is filled, not to mention the slice of fresh, hot bread with butter melting on it for breakfast! What a great winter wake-up!
Walls getting finished-- decided on plywood, rather than drywall, I HATE drywall (well, the plastering and mudding and sanding and mudding....)... ...Staining the boards for the upper wall trim, and drying out the floor boards...
...the bones of the worktables, and soon-to-be side benches/counters...
Two of my girlfriends, living in separate places, both sent me packages of chocloate and coffee... THEY KNOW the SECRET!! Thanks Lori and Rebecca!!! Both packages arrived on the same day, and just in time, the gold that Fast Eddy sent is almost gone. What decadence in the mornings, and what pleasure!
Well, it's been back to work after the holidays, and the crew has been here in various manifestations for the past few days (I even shared some chocolate with them), easing back into the let's-finish-the-studio mode... so far, a big start on the wiring, some flooring down, and planning for walls and benches and tables adn shelves... hey-ho, on we go!