I have been busy on the roof project and on gathering in firewood for the coming cold. The double planking is on and a single layer of thick asphalt roofing is in place. I painted the undersides of the first layer of cedar planks with a dilute mix of charcoal ink that makes the rafters and other timber work stand out nicely looking up when under the shelter of the roof.
I needed to see these end planks in place to check that they would do as a design. The two round ended beams seemed like they needed some kind of echo in the main roof so I made a negative circular element there, which looks OK with a little bit of subtle emphasis lent by some edge carving that fades quickly away, these planks around the edges will be scorched and stained to give them a little different flavor to the main structure. I wanted my daughter to see them up as well to have a second opinion and had her bring along the camera in case we were in any doubt and needed to draw onto some photos, so, a rare personal appearance in the usual work garb.
Having these planks back down and in the shop once they are finished up I will be able to add a little more overhang and coving and whatnot to the units and make the covering copper pieces that will form the top edge. The heads of the purlins that poke out down below the planks will also have little copper mittens fitted over them. The circular ends to the beams will just get tidied up a little and maybe a coat of something to stop them checking too much, I prefer them showing without caps or mittens.
The other day I placed the spare foundation stone at the foot of the sculpture where it will support a little fixed vase of some sort for floral offerings. Someone had place a 100yen coin on the rock, so the suggestions that I should put a collection box somewhere seem to have been well founded and the place already has sufficient shrine like presence to inspire the devotee.