This is the cabin in the woods with the old Cafe Eutopia road sign, and the new bench and carved roots. Ferrocement is so great, permanence being one of its greatnesses as I get older and have seen hard work rot in the form of titree that seemed so solid and durable, and macrocarpa, and even treated pine (yuk). So think twice, then build once, for life and for the next generations too…
The stain I’ve used is just iron sulphate in water, which reacts with fresh cement and forms a rusty effect. It soaks in a little way – enough for pretty good wearing, and of course a recoat is easy and very cheap. The roots I have stained with acrylic green – not finished yet! Apologies for more on the cabin – I can’t wait to get down to Gisborne’s ‘deep dark woods’ where I am going to build the Hobbit Haven for little Bruno… Watch this space! Oh, and the dome in the last picture is an experiment with some alkathene pipe and greenhouse film – it was quick to make and will last a long time, but… I want to use glass and sand-cast ferrocement arches! Next time!
oh yes, the staff I’ve been carving is in the last photo. Note the classical labyrinth pattern on the concrete paver. I made a mould so these are quick to make – always good to have some stepping stones. Will make more. Can do on order if you want some, too.
One response to “A Rose by another name”
Beautiful work. I particularly like the tangled roots.
From: hobbithaven Reply-To: hobbithaven Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2015 9:30 AM To: John Harris Subject: [New post] A Rose by another name
> WordPress.com > Wizard of Eutopia posted: “This is the cabin in the woods with the old Cafe > Eutopia road sign, and the new bench and carved roots. Ferrocement is so > great, permanence being one of its greatnesses as I get older and have seen > hard work rot in the form of titree that seemed so solid ” >