Bob Wunschel and Alexander, working at the peak of the roof noticed a certain amount of flex in the building and decided that it would be wise to brace the junctions between the support posts and the rim logs and cross beams. To this end we are installing a set of braces on each post. Gordon Crossley has become the “brace master” . See photos below.
Exactly two weeks after having out boathouse project stopped by the City building department that our 16th Century replica building did not meet 21st century codes, through interventions on the part of individuals who stepped forward to help, we did receive an official permit to continue construction. As a result of this civic sanction, we have continued thatching the roof of the boathouse. Photos below: Using fronds that had been delivered by Nathan Keen of K&S Tree Service the day [...]
Despite the injunction on the boatshed project, Alexander and a small group of volunteers have completed a leveling of the big pine blocks that support the keel and now one rib. We dug out the topsoil down to the oystershell level and them backfilled with limerock gravel and created a stable level stiff back for the keel.
A highlight of our May 31 festive gathering was the raffle of a beautiful love seat glider made by our volunteer and excellent woodworker, Bob Wunschel. marketing and sales were capably handled by volunteer, Hazel Wunschel. AND THE WINNER IS DWAIN SYKES # 288881. CONGRATULATION TO ALL INVOLVED
Thursday was a busy day. We added more thatch scrounged by Alexander, this time from the Fountain of Youth Park. We set up for the May 31 event whic had gotten front page press.. Capt John brought over and installed the first rib of the Chalupa.
After installing all the stringers on the rafters, The next step is to nail the green Palmeto fronds onto them. Held up for a day by Memorial Day and Tropica Stormm Beryl, we began the thatching process. Alexander scrounged up 300 green fronds over the weekend by cruising the streets of St Augustine and picking up curbside fronds left by home owners for pickup by the City. We began under cloudy skies and finished under a steady light rain. We [...]
After all the rafters have been put in place, then came the stringers which will provide the base for the palm thatch. On the West side of the roof the stringers took two days to install. Today we were able to install the East side stringers in 3 hours. Practice makes perfect.
With great dilligence and steady work, Alexander and the volunteer crew have finished putting up the rafters. Now the stringers to hold the palm thatch will go into place.
Since the last post, Alexander and the volunteers have mad great strides in fashioning the roof structure. We hope to finish the rafters in a few days and and start nailing up the stringers that will carry the palm fronds that will create a thatched roof covering.
We have continued to cut, shape and install the basic roof structure. The five trusses consist of a king post two rafters, two braces and the ridge pole on top. These are almost finished.