With the materials primed, painted, masked, painted, peeled, and weathered once, it was time to get cracking on turning those drawings you saw weeks ago into something like reality.
Again, slow and steady was the theme. Because we had painted the one-by before cutting, we tried whenever possible not to undermine that effort. Put simply, this meant that we cut every possible corner at 45 degrees so that as few as possible blunt ends would be exposed. There are two simple reasons for this:
-one) it looks nicer, more clean. Moreover, it maintains the purpose and spirit of our pre-painting efforts.
-two) perhaps more importantly, blunt cuts across the wood expose the grain of that piece of wood. As well as being relatively unsightly (an un-underhivelike), these cuts are a pain to paint. If one thinks about wood grain, you might imagine that the ends of a board like this are much like holding a handful of straws. Invariably, these ends will suck paint straight into the board, making them look even more haphazard and unrefined.
Of course, there are some impossible angles and moments in we the blunt cut could not be avoided. Still, the fewer the better, I say.
Scrap Yard Inspiration:
About a half-mile from the house (in the opposite direction from the infamous place I mentioned last time -there's a lot happening in a dense area here), there is a scrap yard and forge. Obviously, the one complements the other (and I much prefer their presence to the old tannery that used to sit just down the river from both –what a wretched stench), but the scrap yard in particular is rather, well, ugly.
Still, I have been struggling a bit in my attempts to imagine, without reference, simple details like what/how an industrial wasteland might appear.
…our very own miniature industrial wasteland ripe for exploration and investigation. Mostly, the scrap yard leaves a strange alkaline taste in your nose and mouth. What caught my attention here, however, was the way in which the debris is both piled and stacked. Perhaps more importantly, I was keenly interested in the colors and textures of these piles, and the fetid water pools that collect hither and thither. This water effect, in particular is one that I would like to emulate.