Pump House

Pump House?
The name will do for now – as a place holder. It may/will/might change later on. I was discussing the New England Brownstone dry-stacked stone wall and I was asked why it was there. I mean .. you don’t just make a wall in the middle of no-where just for the heck of it. Originally, I just wanted to use the wall casting and figured that it was to keep loose rock from tumbling into the creek. Looking at the scene I decided that I could add interest with a small .. “something” under the wall.

testfit-800A while back I had built a small structue .. “Shanty #1” and had never really found a place for it. Here, I’m looking at what it would be like in the scene.

legos-800I had seen people using children’s Lego building blocks to make molds. My friend Gary Wise tuned up one day with a box full of Legos that his daughter Christine had played with. Shazamm!! They have come in very handy to make quick and dirty molds. I wanted to make a foundation high enough off the creek to protect the little building so here I stacked Legos to just let the Shanty fit inside and two inches high. That would put the structure a scale 8 ft off the creek surface.

The bottom of the mold is sealed well enough with some masking tape .. and that is all we need to make a quick mold. Easy.

Rough Fit
foundation-800With the casting still warm and dam I started to rough shape it to fit the area. I just used a pocket knife to do this. The little level is pretty handy for something like this. It is a “Swanson Tool Company Cross Check Standard Level” .. well worth the $3.98
Fine Fit
foundation2-800To get a good fit I used plastic wrap against the wall and creek surfaces and then ‘glopped’ plaster under the foundation block and all around it. The plastic wrap keeps the plaster from the surface and lets the new plaster confirm to the surface. I let this dry overnight
Shaping and Stoning
foundation3-800Here’s the block the next morning. The plaster I glopped around the block has conformed to the uneven surface. Horray for me. The next step was to flatten all the sides to get rid of everthing that wasn’ part of the retangular box shape and then carve stones into it.
foundation5-800Although this was the next morning the plaster was still slightly damp and relatively soft. With the sides and top squared off I stared to carve stones into the surface, trying to match the general appearance of the NE Brownstone dry-stacked stone walls. I just wanted to be close .. the story being that this foundation was built after the wall was built – so it could be different workers and stone. In any case, I used a needle-sharp scribe, X-Acto knife and a wire brush to pounce texture into it.

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