Building update

The windows and front doors have just been installed–there will be 100mm architraves around the windows inside and out to add the finishing touch.


The paths and flagstones are almost done and the short stone wall on the basement will be finished with matching stone pillars (450 x 450mm) around the skinny black galvanised steel veranda posts (termites are considered at every stage of the build). The basement veranda will be left open to show off the thick wall and we will render the blockwork inner wall with a crusty ‘knock-down’ stucco.


The framework for the upper floor will soon be clad in red cedar shingles and then the big beams, rafters, and collar ties built to hold the terracotta shingles on the roof.




This lampshade will hang low over the eight-ball table (not over the bathtub)


The second picture shows the light coming through the semi-transparent parchment and silhouetting the ragged trim to dramatic effect. It has a thin bamboo frame.


Art Weekly–Dart board


The frame of the dart board is made from offcuts from the Lucas mill where the staircase is being made–slices of a burl, with the bottom piece very conveniently making a platform to put the idle darts in. The backing is soft to receive stray darts. I added some colour to the black and white board so it all tones in.

This is to exercise and test out one’s mind-body coordination. I also have some indoor bowls (mini lawn bowls which we enjoyed as kids), a little putting green, and an eight ball table on the way. The sports area will be up in the loft of the log home.

Photographed on the floor


The sanskrit says ‘Dhanurveda’, the science of archery–quelling our demons with arrows of bliss, shooting darts of coherence into the disorder. This is the higher knowledge of Dhanurveda.

Art Weekly–firewood box/seat

This box (about a 600ml cube) gave me a chance to cut some ‘saddle notches’ the way the pioneers did for their log cabins. There are several other types of more complex notches which seal the joint better. The ‘chinking’ (filling the gaps between the logs) is from the pulpy bark you see on the deck.

The cushioned lid doubles as a seat.

I varnished it with some old fashioned shellac (from a kind of beetle) which gives it the golden glow and lustre.

Photographed first thing in the day–I get best results when the morning sun is filtered through some light cloud.

Knee joints


These winged shaped ‘knee joints’ were carved from the only piece of log left over from the build. The other logs have weathered but will come back (with a coat of bleach and then tung oil) to that fresh honey colour you see on the ‘wings’.

Matching pair of chairs

These store-bought chairs were on special–they had upholstery no-one liked obviously but I liked the colour of the wood–so I re-covered them with a few frills and a little cushion on the backrest

The second pic shows stone steps and flagging at the building site.