Your leaking thatched hut during the restoration of a pre-Enlightenment state.


Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


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Irving housing

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Like my brownhouse:
   just a hardware-studded box
Sunday, July 10 2022

location: 800 feet west of Woodworth Lake, Fulton County, NY

After our morning Spelling Bee ritual, Gretchen and I managed to convince the dogs to come with us to the lake, which they did somewhat reluctantly. After lying for awhile in the shady grass on the shore, they were curious about the large new wood-floored space we were occupying, so they came out and plopped down among us.

Back at the cabin, the Chevy Bolt's battery was completely filled by solar energy late this afternoon, so I decided to take advantage of the free power by driving down to the Ace Noble in Johnstown. There, I returned a hummingbird feeder that had proved to be cracked. I also bought yet more deck screws, several tire-repair kits, and a ten inch dock cleat (for lashing boats to a dock).

I returned to the dock a second time this evening, ostensibly to do a little more tinkering with it. But really what I wanted to do more than anything was to just marvel at the results of all my hard work. This evening I installed the dock cleat in the middle of the north side of the dock and then added a series of little wooden triangles under the cantilevered edge of the final decking plank. These triangles acted both to provide structural support to that plank but also to give the dock interesting visual details; otherwise it's just a hardware-studded box.

At the cabin this evening, I wanted to do some workplace-related work I'd procrastinated on Friday, but the kratom tea that had been making me feel good earlier now had me feeling slightly ill. So I plinked away at it half-heartedly for a bit and then gave up, resolving to get up tomorrow early to deal with it.

The finished dock. Click to enlarge.

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