Yes, I do know that when you are building a house or a barn you normally start at the foundation, lay your brickwork until the first window and than well… it makes sense.
But in this case, the recycled materials and the old walls are pulling the strings. Some friends decided that they didn’t want to paint their windows every year and bought these plastic ones. Some of the old ones were in good shape, and they didn’t mind me taking them. These windows would decide how big of a gab there would be left to fill with the old stones.
So, I hanged them on the roof beam, making sure they we leveled out and constructed the inside first, leaving a mold to fill from the outside.
Now I didn’t take pictures while doing it. It took about 10 days, sorting out the stones, finding the stone’s faces, combining big with small ones, and the worst part, getting them up there. Many times a bucket and some rope would do the job, but others had to lifted up on the old shoulder. I can tell now that it’s not easy carrying a 50 kilogram piece of rock on a ladder. But in the end it’s all about the result, and to me that looks pretty good.
I placed a 11 cm. pipe at one point right thru the wall, at that time I just thought it would be a good idea. Now I’m happy I did that, because a future dust collection would need such a thing. It would be almost impossible to get a hole in the 70 cm. thick wall now. It gives you a feeling of satisfaction looking at the job done… but that’s just temporarily… realizing there’s a front wall and specially the rest of the old wall that’s almost 7 meters high.
Next time; not just another brick in the wall…
-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com