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Old plaster and lath

Water-damaged plaster and lath wall section. Master craftsmen working on old houses around 1900 and earlier used plaster and lath to construct all interior walls. Lath was painstakingly nailed horizontally to vertical studs to grab the first plaster coat and hold it securely. Plaster walls were smooth and silky, and when cured were paintable. Plasterers were skilled craftsmen who worked long hours perfecting interior walls. Dampness and wetness will cause the plaster to crumble, although fresh p

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

Stalled

Im very in limbo right now,waiting for trim to arrive and more flooring,also waiting to see if the glass can be cut. I dont like waiting.Ive been stalled out for so long that when I do get everything Im going to work some late nights to catch up to speed. Im really excited to get to the roof I have so many ideas for the exterior of this house. Im doing siding,but it will be shabby. The roof will be paperclay fishscale tiles and Im using the iron fence rails along the roof line. Ive been thinking

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there,walked alone.

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

May 11th...

Just figured out that I wasnt 'publishing' my entries correctly and everything was showing up 'private'. I think I figured it out,but,in fixing the problem all of my entries are not in order. The Beacon Hill is the project Im working on right now:)

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

chit chat

Im working on my pub, its called The Witching Hour Pub and its made from an Astor Cottage kit. Ive been working on it off and on for a year exactly,my husband gave it to me for Christmas last year. Then for Valentines he gave me a vintage Queen Anne type house(I dont know what it was originally called)....anyhoo, I put my pub on the back burner and Im just starting to work on it again. Im glad I didnt finish it last year, since the original roof was a real thatch that was taking forever. I ended

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

February

This month Ive put the Astor pub away for awhile. There was an unfortunate identity crisis happening. A complete break down of everything I had planned for it,including the witches theme. I dont know if I was forcing my will or if the pub was,but we are at a stand still. One day before his exile he was covered in flowered window boxes,hardly in keeping with a remote desolate pub out in the middle of nowhere. That was what finally made us both snap,I think. So, lucky for me,while he

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

progress on roof

not finished,but got one layer of paint on, isnt it funny how you think its all covered with paint then you take a picture and the flash shows little white spots you missed...grrr..and thats Dwight Shrute from The Office,standing down there critisizing me...

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

Got my fairy name...

Your fairy is called Hex Goblinwand. She is a bringer of riches and wealth.She lives in places hexed and tainted by black magic.She is only seen when the seer holds a four-leafed clover.She wears black feathers and rose petals. She has gentle green wings like a butterfly.

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WyckedWood

waitin for the glue to dry

Well,since I blogged anything last I finished a Canterbury and cracked the box of the Beacon Hill. I did another paperclay roof on the Canterbury and I had better success with this one, but square tiles are much easier than fishscale ones,like I did on the Orchid. So,the Canterbury pictures are in my gallery,it turned out pretty cool. Now for the B.H.....I dont have any real direction here,but I rarely do starting a new build. Gotta say,Im not excited about the looks of that siding,

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

Inspiration

The room itself was large though low;and the heavy frames of its old fashioned windows,and the heavy beams in its crooked ceiling,seemed to indicate that it had once been a house of some mark,standing alone in the country. ~Charles Dickens 1878

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WyckedWood

Ramblings about my Beacon Hill

I wish I could come up with a name for this house,it hasnt come to me yet. Ive spent weeks on the main frame of the house and the stairs,hallway. But,honestly I havent worked much,Ive only had a little time here and there to work. Wish I could get in some of those really good 8-10 hour dollhouse days;)I have spent a lot of time resarching for this house,going through my reference books for old houses,and reading other builders blogs,and looking at pictures of other BHs. So,so far Im

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

March 2

Still working on those paperclay shingles,and gotta say,its MUCH harder than it looks. Mine pretty much looks like a kindergarten project. I have new respect for those who have such beautifully tiled roofs. Im painting the tiles now and that has also proven to be a bit of a fiasco. I thought it would look a certain way, I can visualize it,but its not happening.Almost brought me to tears last night,after all that work and it looks like crap,shingles are different sizes and crooked,I dont know why

WyckedWood

WyckedWood

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