Day 1: Spreading, waterproofing and first course.
laying the spreading layer of mortar and plastic for waterproofing
spreading around the rebars that will tie the wall to the foundation
laying the first blocks at the corners
masons and mixers at work...also the film crew was there
Muogah practicing is trade
Erik - not a mason - chopping blocks
one wythe of the first course in one day
Day 2: Reinforcement extension and second course.
extending the reinforcement
Muogah in deep concentration
by lunch time the entire first course was done
Gaby working on the second course
block puzzle at the buttress
good progress at the end of day two
Day 3: Third course.
moving along with the last few blocks for the second course
onwards to the third course
3rd course complete by the end of day three
Day 4: Reinforcement, fourth and fifth courses.
start the day mixing mortar - soil excavation behind
the reinforcement tied in the wall to make it strong
making quick progress
by the end of day four we had a full four courses
and the start of the fifth course
Day 5: We had only a little bit more to do on the wall, so started planning for the formwork. The idea with tile vaulting is that we use MINIMAL formwork - not a complete lack of formwork. So, we decided to make three arches - beams - using rebar. We first had to make a grid on the biggest wall we could find so we could hang a chain and find points along the curve.
making the grid on the wall
formwork fabrication and welding lesson
almost complete welding the rebar formwork
trying out the formwork on the completed wall
starting the roof - first row of tiles which will line up
with the second layer of tiles on the roof
Muogah laying the first roof tiles
as tile production comes to a close everyone joins in with tiling