Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Off-grid building construction : Music & Art Library

Last spring we started the construction of another out-building to our little Valkenstein village. This building is to be a simple art studio for my paintings, and to house a small library for Leisha. The internal construction of the room is designed to reverb sound in such a way that will slightly amplify our stringed instruments (and maybe a piano if we ever add on a little space for it). 


The internal construction of the room is designed to reverb sound in such a way that will slightly amplify our stringed instruments (and maybe a piano if we ever add on a little space for it). 
Stone foundation with locust posts. 



Leisha putting the roof on. 

Rubber shingles



The main center of the room has enough open space to house a guitar, fiddle, mandolin and so forth - with a small table and window seat facing the sunrise and opposing mountain view. There are two out wings from the main room, one for my art supplies and painting table, and the other is for bookshelves and a varied collection of reading materials.  

We'll be adding a front porch and back deck for playing the instruments outside when desired.

It's taken a year to get this structure complete because of other demands on our work schedules. We've only been working on this one day per week since last spring. I will be posting photos of the inside once completed (by July this year). 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Granddad GETS KNOCKED DOWN~

In this short how-to video clip, we show how we make paneling from white pine in quick & easy steps.  Granddad also shows how he wires up a non-grounded electrical cord to a damaged router, and also why it's good that he's been drinking whole milk for the past 90+ years!

They don't build Granddads like this anymore. ;)