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Studio construction update: Nov 2

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:58 AM, November 2, 2011 [Permalink]

The final large uninsulated surfaces got their turn this afternoon, and the printing alcove is now all covered in. Here's a quick shot taken (from outside) this evening, just before the final sheet went into place. The braces to hold some of the stringers while the glue sets are still in place ...

... and then after everything was covered, and the braces removed:

I'll be back to work on printmaking from tomorrow ...

As you have seen in some of the recent snapshots, there is quite a rat's nest of cables terminating in this area, and I suspect it won't be too long before I get a bit frustrated and get to work on getting them under cover. All the wiring will be fed through a cable run starting under the top step of the staircase, and coming out into this vertical space at the side of the alcove. This will be covered with an openable 'face plate', which will have a number of connectors mounted on it: a pair of power plugs, an ethernet jack, the telephone connection, audio (out), and a plug for the intercom from the front door upstairs.

And finally, did you notice in the above photos the place in the alcove where there is a particularly heavy and strong plate mounted on the concrete wall?

This is exactly over my head as I sit there working ... Any guesses?


Following comment posted by: Jacques on November 2, 2011 10:24 PM

Great job Dave!

I remember receiving your 2004 New Years print and you telling me that you had no heating whatsoever in your house: I simply couldn't believe my ears...

As for the heavy and strong plate, are you going to fix a camera for the webcam there?

Following comment posted by: Dave on November 2, 2011 10:30 PM

camera for the webcam ...

Interesting guess Jacques ... Actually no though; the webcam is going to be on a swinging arm attached to the center-most of the 'rails' on the ceiling. There is also an electric plug for it up there too ...

As for the heating, nothing has changed. The only heat appliance in the entire four-story building is the sunken 'kotatsu' table in the 'living room' upstairs ... with the light bulb underneath for heat ...

Following comment posted by: Jacques on November 3, 2011 7:33 AM

Call me a nag, but if I were Tsushima-san or Ishigami-san I would simply refuse to work in below eighteen or sixteen degrees Celsius winter conditions (say), eager as I would be to learn from your enormous experience as a carver and a printer...

Following comment posted by: Dave on November 3, 2011 9:14 AM

18C. isn't bad; that's what it was the other day when we were working together. It was very clear and dry, which is such a relief after the many months of dampness.

But yes, it is of course 'consideration' for them that is finally driving this along, after so much delay. As to just why there has been so much delay in the first place ... I think I understand. But 'understanding' yourself doesn't automatically bring with it the ability to change for the better! :-)

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