Saturday, 26 January 2013
The wood form in the foreground is a shear wall which will support the rear of the buildings over the carport. This form is made of differing thicknesses of horizontal plywood 'boards' so as to leave a textured pattern on the exposed walls, rather than flat planes of concrete, like a bridge or civil structure.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Most mornings, when I go out, I notice Jim practicing for his next Ottawa Symphony Orchestra performance on his Cello. You can just hear a teasing resonance of the full, rich music he is making. I felt a little voyeuristic sketching him, but did ask his permission to post.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
The block between Patterson and Strathcona Avenues is a narrow. Maybe not half the width of the regular Glebe blocks, but thin enough that the homes face one way and have rear yards, driveways and garages facing the other side. To add to this eccentricity, homes on the two end blocks face south, while those in the middle block face north. Infill projects are changing this middle block is to back to back houses, presenting front doors to both Avenues, which is gentrifying it's lane-like character. Too bad. I like it as it is, but that's the trend across the whole neighbourhood.
This sketch is the middle block, the Patterson side. Aside from the large trees and saplings, I have a soft spot for vw camper vans. As noble a cause as it is, sadly this venerable Westfalia is not likely to last a whole lot longer than the adjacent garage.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
These aren't actually postcards as I did them in my small Laloran sketchbook that I received at the Urban Sketchers symposium last summer. It is postcard sized and fits easily into a pocket. At first I thought it too small, but have found it adequate for little vignettes.
Saturday, 19 January 2013
We met at the Canadian Museum of Nature and I didn't manage to get beyond the first floor. There is a nice display of dinosaur skeletons complete with a constant stream of parents and small children.
Friday, 18 January 2013
This is the change shack and Beavertail concession at 5th Avenue. Beavertails are a sort of cinnamony, gooey donut that is very popular with schoolkids and also seems to be memorable to tourists. They were selling well and the girls in the foreground were sharing one.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
The carpenters watch the forms for blow outs and screed the concrete level, then place the reinforcing bars.
Its sort of like a performance - it's all in the preparation. A full week with 5 men to construct the forms and then the actual concrete placement happens in just a couple of hours.
Monday, 14 January 2013
The pumper is a large truck with mechanical arm and hose that has a long reach. It would have taken several men all day and probably several spilled loads to wheelbarrow the concrete down a ramp and into the forms. A great way to finish the week.
Next stage will be forming the foundation walls.
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Last week we had minus 20 C for several days and about 60 cm of snow. I was thinking, maybe we should hold off till spring. Brad knew better. The weather broke this week. It has been just at the freezing point for several days allowing the guys to form the footings on clean bedrock. They drilled lag bolts into the rock to brace the forms which are level on top, but slope, or step,with the slope of the slab rock. Today the forms were about done and the guys were starting to assemble the steel reinforcing bar grids and dowels that will go into the footings.
Looks like they are in good shape for placing concrete on Friday, which is forecast to be mild so we won't have to pay the 10% premium for cold weather admixture to the concrete mix.
Friday, 4 January 2013
It is close to Saint-Adele and south of St. Jovite and we skied at Saint Sauveur. I think of the areas as the "Cantons du Saints", even though many of the place names are not actual saints but the names of the original founding families.