Tessie and Zar have lost all interest in the new building. They both went away in a huff..,,
Spike, loyal dog that he is, stayed and kept me company....I think he was just hoping for a bone.
Once I get going on this, I am sure that the Terrible Two will return with all kinds of helpful suggestions. They were really annoyed when I told them that I was probably going to turn this into a weaver's workshop.
I bought one of Warren Dick's working floor looms at the Tucson show two years ago. I did a very plain room box for it. Nothing to write home about.
I think that this structure will make an excellent home for it.
As it stands now, it had a footprint of about 13" by 18". That's counting the overhang on the front of the building. I will have to allow for the outside staircase that will be added later on.
The first thing I am going to have to do is make a base for it. It isn't too stable as it stands and by adding an extra pad underneath, I will be adding a yard and sturdiness at the same time. Size has not been established. If it is a town building, I will need a cobblestone walking space at the front. If it is a country place, it will need a garden...
I am definitely going to make it Tudor Half Timber...Have you noticed that I like that period....I am in a rut, but this building just looks Tudor to me. Maybe a modern weaver, living in an old building? The story will develop as the building goes forward.
I at least had the sense to check the size of the loom in the top room. It seems to fit either way.
Logically, it will have to sit crosswise. I tried it front to back first.
I always have to walk around in the room to see how it works. This one does not have a lot of head space when the loom sits front to back. It bothers me that I would probably be able to walk around it, but someone taller would be bumping their head or squeezing through tight spaces this way. And another thing. You can't really see the working parts of the loom either.
I think that this is the way to do it. There is still not a lot of walking space, but it is all usable. No head bumping. A lot of the buildings from the Tudor period weren't very roomy though.
Somewhere around here, I have a copy of an inventory from a will. It is from a weaver in England in the 1600s. I found it in a book at the University. That will give me some guidelines to go by.
The bottom of the main building will be the shop itself. Finished pieces of weaving for sale. The annex will be storage and maybe a place to rest. We shall see.....Of course, plans can change on a whim...
Two more days to vote.
See you tomorrow.