Photo of today (Orthodoxy)

Almost to the top!

The cold and rain is setting in, but we are prepared. Today the chimney got a full-wrap with plastic to keep it warm while the mortar cures. It needs about 2 weeks under stable temps to fully cure.

photo of today

They said it better than I could…

we used up all those resources… and the rest are still (mostly) protected thank heavens. There is no ethical source for new noble lumber. If you must build new: build in 3 wythe brick with lime putty mortar. or don’t bother because you’re just burning energy for a build that will be gone in 100 years or less.

Laying brick

I’m beat. Not much else to say, just a bunch of brick today while crawling under the planks. Looking forward to standing up tomorrow…

Really glowing now after a scrub down with vinegar. Gotta cover up for the rain now and wait for the rest of our mortar to show up

Chimney work continues

Rained out completely yesterday. We still had another 16 hours of rain in the forecast this morning and I had enough watching rain fall, so I decided to throw a tarp and get some brick in. We’re right on the cusp of tempurature limitations, and it’s taking longer for each corse to cure. Still it was good to make some progress on a day that would have otherwise been a total loss.

Chimney down to roofline.

We started re-laying brick on the first corses of the chimney today. It’s Belden brick, wire scored with a medium fire. I’ve never laid 20th century brick before and there’s definately a learning curve. The bricks don’t pull as much water from the mortar so it needs to be much drier than what i’m used to flowing for “pumkin” brick.

I finished the front room of the apartment, and started templating some upholstry for the window unit surrond and a corner headboard/shelf for the bed.

shoutout to the optometrist/eyeglass store who threw out a big haul of printed vinyl! Finding uses for it everywhere.
tony montana.
the walls are a mess and it’s not my job to fix them right now. They flat grey did a great job masking most of the imperfections and bringing out the lines in the trim, I expect the same for the bedroom.
first time i’ve had a bed, lamp, and side table in a space that was my own since 2010.