The past weeks have brought soft breezes, bright blue skies, and days filled with summer warmth, chasing away all memories of winter's howling winds. The elderly maple tree in our front yard that serves as a Peacock perch at night, shades us with a luscious canopy of green leaves. The Day Lilies are blooming along the path and the vegetable garden is nourishing us with salads, onions, potatoes, courgettes, herbes, and far too many peas.
The wood for Tòti Bleu has arrived and looks beautiful. The work has begun! My dear sweet husband, Mark, is teaching me as the work progresses. The framework will be constructed with Paulownia wood from a plantation in Spain. We chose Paulownia because it is lightweight, strong, and is a non-toxic sustainable wood. Our order arrived on time and is excellent quality. It was a pleasure to work with Miguel at Alaia. Take a look at this site for complete information. Http://wood-alaia-surf.paulownia.ws
The top and bottom plates have been “scarfed” (my new favorite word). Mark is now notching all the studs and plates in preparation for gluing. Everything will be glued together with epoxy. We are using Entropy resins. They are vegetable based, from sustainable and renewable resources with a low environmental impact. Here's the site we used: http://www.entropyresins.eu
Joubert Okouplex 5mm plywood will cover the walls and roof. The entire housing of Tòti will be held together with epoxy. The roof will have laminated beams, and plywood covering. Linen and epoxy will seal the plywood to assure that it is waterproof.
Lots of friends have stopped by to have a look and ask lots of questions as well as give advice. After nearly a year of planning, the dream is actually taken on a solid form. The financing for this project has come entirely from friends and family. The interest and encouragement of many people has kept our attitude positive and exciting. Our neighbor has not only contributed financially but he has also offered us the use of his workshop and tools. I am constantly reminded of how important we are to one another.