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Blog series by Serradura updated 230 days ago 16 parts 22095 reads 111 comments total

Part 1: A big pile of stones....

454 days ago by Serradura | 3 comments »

It all started in 2007. After selling our Dutch Art & Frame shop we were looking for a new challenge. We traveled around the globe a bit looking for a nice place to settle down and make a new start. (something you should consider every 10 years or so..) Yes, we’ve seen the wales at the coast of British Columbia, lived in a cabin on the beach of Roberts Creek for a while, but to start in the beautiful vicinity of the sunshine coast takes more money than we could ever come up with. We...

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Part 2: Cleaning out the ruin

452 days ago by Serradura | 3 comments »

After the dust was gone we could see what we bought. It’s strange to realize that just a decade ago, somebody lived in this building. No water, no toilet, no electricity. It must have been a simple and poor life for the old lady that spend her last years in this, what used to be the main house of a farm. As a woodworker, tears get in to your eyes, seeing that the former owner didn’t clean out the property before putting it down. The big stone wall went half thru the flo...

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Part 3: With a little bit of help from a friend...

451 days ago by Serradura | 6 comments »

And there he was, our friend from the Netherlands to help us out. Just for a week or so. Soon we found out that it’s a big advantage to be 22, big and strong. Did we had thought of making a hole in the wall to get everything to the back yard? Yes, we did, but making a hole, where you can go through with a wheel barrel, into a 70 cm thick wall of stones, made us thinking about it, thinking! It must have been about 6 hours later, and there it was, our future door opening all the way up t...

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Part 4: More stone, rock and dirt

450 days ago by Serradura | 7 comments »

The more you dig down into the history of Portuguese building methods, the more respect you get for these craftsmen that made the dry stone walls. I’m not totally inexperienced in the matter. I’ve learned the process of looking for the stone’s face, how to stack them and fill the gabs in between, from a Turkish friend during my stay over there. We did get the all the wood out, and cleaned out most of the space. Just one corner was still filled with stones and dirt. We just d...

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Part 5: Working towards the first stones of rebuilding

450 days ago by Serradura | 6 comments »

The view, the reason for buying a 200 year old derelict cottage at this place in the rural heart of Portugal, is sometimes scary. Bush fires are common during the summer. In this case our view from the hilltop became a dark spectacle. After a few years you get use to it, and it makes you carefull with fire. Sometimes it’s the only way to get rit things, so at the first rain fall in october…. To show that there is some woodworking involved during the first years of th...

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Part 6: Building the new front wall

449 days ago by Serradura | 5 comments »

June 2011, finally we started building something. Now for garden walls etc. it’s obvious to use a dry stone techniques. However for the walls of the “workshop to be”, we decided on a hybrid system. This means putting up a mold for the inside, laying the stones in cement (is easier to fill the gabs) and the backside is filled up with concrete and little stones. This all makes it easier to have some rendering on the inside. We decided way back that we wanted the...

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Part 7: Finally some wood....

448 days ago by Serradura | 6 comments »

I don’t know what the bigger job was, making the wooden wall for the second floor, or getting the timber up to the building sight. Our street was made hundreds of years ago when the only way of transport was a donkey or in the case of being rich and noble, a horse. Even though the Templar Knights were thinking big, they never could have imagined huge trucks, cranes and bulldozers. I had to go and pick up the wood myself at my supplier and it took 4 rides with my (Iveco) van to get from ...

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Part 8: "Aut Viam Inveniam, Aut Faciam"

444 days ago by Serradura | 10 comments »

Finally we could order the roof plates. And yes, this was 90% of our budget. It seemed to make sense putting the money in the most important part. Now here in the middle of Portugal the temperature goes from 45 (or even more) degrees Celsius down to almost zero at a cold winter night (we never had frost up until now). So a good isolating roof is one of the first priorities. It wasn’t that difficult to put the “half plates” up. With a little bit of help from my wife it just ...

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Part 9: A door for the front

437 days ago by Serradura | 6 comments »

Now I could have finished the roof, I could have finished the back wall, but… I’m always having a bit difficulty with switching between the woodwork and the work with cement and stones. So, when the first section of the roof was on, I decided to make the front door on the second floor. Now, it’s not a door that you can go in and out, it’s about 3,5 meters above the street. I just wanted to have the possibility to load bigger items from the street. Now it might n...

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Part 10: Building up side down.

436 days ago by Serradura | 14 comments »

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...

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Part 11: Not just another brick in the wall...

433 days ago by Serradura | 7 comments »

Now with the back wall finished, and being in the “cement mood”, I decided it was time to restore the big wall that divides the Workshop on the street-side and our B&B apartment on the other side. This wall is the biggest remaining part of the old ruin, almost 7 meters high and is still standing after 200 years, although it’s just stacked with stones and some clay. It will be there forever, if… there is no rainwater splashing on the top. As soon as these kin...

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Part 12: Getting a roof on the workshop

433 days ago by Serradura | 7 comments »

The big wall was repaired, but to get the roof on I needed to put the steel beams on the side wall, and one on the street side wall. The problem is that the street is so narrow, that if would put the roof on in a conventional way, it would stick out of the wall at least 15 cm. It’s not that I had nightmares about the farmer from next door getting thru the street with his tractor and hitting the roof, but he scraped the wall before so… I had to come up with a solution. I jus...

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Part 13: The last stones (we thought)

368 days ago by Serradura | 9 comments »

The roof was on, time to get the “workshop to be” closed up to keep the rain and wind out. Easier sad than done though, because we were still aiming on a authentic look. There used to be a door on the road side, not very practical, because this street is so narrow and safety reasons were also to take in consideration. First job was to fill that gab on the street side. We’ve decided to convert it in to a window, using old beams from the ruin itself. At t...

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Part 14: Doors and Windows

360 days ago by Serradura | 8 comments »

No, sometimes it doesn’t feel all that smart, working with wood. Every time there’s a bushfire you start to think of making doors and windows out of steel. But as a woodworker you’ll get over that thoughts quickly if you walk around a lumberyard in search for some wood to make the doors.The smell of sawdust is just to familiar and no other material can compete with that. It’s a not just dangerous living among all those trees during a 3 months rain free a...

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Part 15: Finally a floor in the workshop and some more...

299 days ago by Serradura | 9 comments »

It’s all because of a lovely lady that the floor became a reality in our workshop. Yes, she raised me and gave me my motto in life.. “Doing things for free, doesn’t mean doing them for nothing. Appreciating all work that was done, she decided, while spending a 3 months holiday in Portugal, that she could only leave after being sure that her son would finally had a finished workshop in which he could work on a brighter future. We started with the concrete beam bene...

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Part 16: Not much happened lately..

230 days ago by Serradura | 5 comments »

Now I wish I could show you a bunch of new pictures of our workshop. Specially after the attention we got as workshop of the month. Now we do promise to keep you up to date on the work, but for now we have reached the end of our budget. So, it’s all about working hard, doing as much client projects as possible and trying to save as much as possible. There’s still a lot to be done! At last we did get the floor in as mentioned in our latest blog. And yes…. we did get a new ...

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