Woodblock prints by Gihachiro Okuyama (1907 – 1981)
Shimoda Port in Rain
Komaga-take from Onuma Park
As you can see, our southern wall is now sealed. I have temporarily blocked off the ventilation window – to be completed later. Last night a series of rain squalls tested the newly-installed glass, and I am happy to report that nothing cracked or blew away. The windows are doing their job….
….and just in time.
I finished installing the air cell sisalation during the week. It felt like a big step. We now have a more or less enclosed space.
Next job: setting glass into the western and southern window frames. The windows are over-engineered, like everything else in the boatshed – and rightly so. Winter gales down here provide a good test of workmanship, and a good test of materials. Any construction that is weak, or made of second-rate materials, will sooner or later disintegrate.
The glass is of heavy gauge (if that is the correct term), and storm-proof.
I have not forgotten the weatherboards. In my dreams the walls seem endless – but during daylight hours, I can see that two and a half walls are completed; only one and a half walls to go…..
And master of all….
Durable, easily-maintained – and by turn weight, support, counter-weight, divide or stop, according to circumstance.
Also useful for straightening out nails that have been disfigured by an unhappy encounter with Ironbark.
This is not the original shoe-last from Dad’s workshop, but a fair (and functional) replica.
I wasn’t looking forward to climbing up a ladder for this job – but it proved to be relatively simple. The beadings held the glass firmly inside the frame, while I drilled holes and hammered the small nails.
I put a sheet of cardboard between the glass and the hammer head, just for peace of mind.
We now have two functional windows, high up, ‘harvesting’ the steady southern light.