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Bricks - The Beginning
11/14/99 - 2/10/00
1/5/00
Southwest corner.  We put plastic in
the basement to let the light in but
make it possible to keep it above
freezing for Smitty and I to start
building the fireplace.
1/5/00
A little east of south.
No snow yet...  Firewood from clearing
for the house in the foreground...
1/6/00
A little east of south.  That's Jack, the
carpenter, on the upper deck with one
of his crew nailing plywood out the
window.  I'm on the ground in the blue
jacket with the red stripe.  I don't know
who that other guy is...  one of the
crew probably
1/7/00
Looking toward east wall
Christopher and Brian Smith (Smitty)
laying out base of masonary furnace
(Propane heater)
1/10/00
Progress on masonary furnace
Looking toward east wall.
Flue clean out doors in place.
1/12/00
Progress on masonery stove
Chris "supervising" from his office.
(I was sitting where my office would
eventually be...)
11/14/99
For brick for the fireplace, we are salvaging brick from an old mill that is being torn down in a nearby town.  Smitty thinks
this brick might be as much as a couple hundred years old.  Here's Robin digging into a pile looking for decorative brick...
Brian McCue and Marty Liebmann,
very good friends helping collect and
clean brick...
Smitty, our mason and good friend, and Marty discussing something...
Smitty, Brian, and Marty
Robin
Smitty selects the brick, Brian and
Marty clean them and bring them to me
in the truck to stack them.
Now we wait until the first floor deck is on so we can enclose the basement to start work on the fireplace.  We can't let the
mortar freeze...
From now on, in addition to photos I've taken, I'll be using scans of photographs that my Dad took during the construction
of the house.  I will also be using my Dad's comments written on the back of each photo.  For his remarks, I'll use
italic, so
you'll know who's talking and whose picture it is...
1/7/00 end of day
Looking east.  We're heating the place
to 40 or 50 degrees with that little
propane heater in the center
1/7/00 end of day
Looking west.  There's a pile of sand
against that plywood against the wall
and we mix the mortar there
1/7/00 end of day
Note the strings for plumb running
floor-to-ceiling
1/7/00 end of day
Smitty's brand new masonry saw.  
Take a good look because it will never
be this clean again!
1/11/00
Smitty at work on the left...
1/13/00
West side.  Smitty still working.  The
door on the left accesses empty space
- sort of a stash hole because we
could!
1/14/00
West side.  The door on the right is the
ash cleanout for the upstairs fireplace,
the door in the middle is the cleanout
for the basement flue.
1/14/00
East side.  There will be an 8"  flue for
a wood stove in my office.
1/24/00
Looking east.  Robin modeling
progress so far.  The form for the arch
is in place.
1/24/00
Looking west.  The first bricks on the
arch.  The 8" thimble for the wood
stove in my office.
1/25/00
Looking west.  Details of the thimble
and flue for the basement wood stove
and the form for the arch
1/27/00
Arch completed for base of masonary
furnace
2/4/00
Arch completed for base of masonary
furnace.
to left) now keeping the place "cozy".)
1/25/00
1/25/00
1/26/00
So what do you think?  Will it fit through the hole in the floor above?
1/26/00
The arch with the form removed.  This going to support another 25-30 vertical feet
of chimney and masonry stove...
1/26/00
Looking west
2/4/00
Looking east.  The flue on the left is
for the basement thimble on the other
side.
1/28/00
Looking west
1/28/00
Looking east
2/4/00
Last view of innards of masonry furnace
(from Chris's "office" - hole for stove
pipe)
2/9/00

<-- Looking east

Looking west -->
Time out!  Feb. 10 - Apr 10, 2000
Smitty to Arizona
Carpenters working above
2/10/00
Meanwhile, up above...

3rd floor & roof going on

<-- (from east side)

(from south side) -->
1/7/00 -->
Enclosed and lit up inside, ready to
start on the fireplace...
1/13/00
First snow.  Now things'll really slow down on the house...
1/20/00
The framers are back at it again.  Way
to go guys!
Smitty and I installing the vent for a
propane furnace we scrounged and
another layer of plastic on the outside.  
We'll be nice and warm now!