Friday, October 23, 2009

The barn's been raised

We got there at the last minute, after all these small considerations had been carefully thought out.

And realized.

Just in time for the last frame to be raised.

Mind you, all this is coming down again, piece by piece, shipped to Richmond, and re-assembled on site.

The crew gave me their contact info, written in pencil on a piece of plywood. The next few days, they'll be attaching the plates to the structure. Here they are, our trusty friends, the refrigeration plates (who have gone with us from Italy, to Toronto, Niagara-on-the-lake, Chicago) all stacked up and ready to go again.

Then when we went to the post office, there was a package - from Erik Olson - with photos of all the past installations. Just to remember, here's one of his treasures:

Does anyone know what installation this one is from? Send me a note! (include your email; if you're the first to guess right, I'll send you a poster! Hint, hint:) (Italy)
(Toronto, Niagara-on-the-lake) (Chicago)

Thursday, October 22, 2009


You know that saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" ??

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In the Details

Things are coming together in a hurry at Allan May's Northwest Contracting.

Faster than the leaves are falling off the trees. It's all about the widgets, drill holes and fittings that will make or break us when the heat is on:

the o rings, the Q decking, the flush bolts, the valve fittings.

I saw the horses in the fields, met the crew, (including 'The Welder') and learned they've just drilled 480 new holes in the refrigeration plates and the t-bars. Brian Kane is making the plywood deck upon which the structure will be based.

In spite of the fact that we're one t-bar short, the frames will be welded together tomorrow. Here it is - the length of it.

115 days until the opening of the Olympics, and we open two days prior.

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