Week 79 (Up to the 32nd course)

A lot of blocks went up this week, and the final features of the structure known as the Music Room are beginning to take shape.

We began with work on the outer wythe of the East wall, laying up the start of the upper pattern of accent blocks:

eastwalloutercourse28.jpg

The outer wythe of the North wall may look like the straggler, but the many pallets of graded blocks tells the story: progress is going to be swift in the coming days:

northwallgradedandready.jpg

Soon the blocks are up, either in place or on the scaffolding, ready to be laid:

northwalloutercourse26.jpg

And you can see by the empty pallets just how many blocks have been going up of late:

emptypallets.jpg

Where’d all those blocks go?  Well, some probably went to the 32nd course of the South Wall, the first to reach that course:

southwallinnercourse32.jpg

Over to the East wall, the inner wythe rises up:

eastwallinnercourse27low.jpg

The plans tell one story:

wallplanslow.jpg

And the masons have to tell the same story, in concrete:

eastwallinnercourse27complexity.jpg

While we’re up high, let’s take a look around.  Here’s another view of the 32nd course of the South Wall:

southwallinnercourse32high.jpg

And a view of what the accent blocks of the outer wythe look like when they are in place:

accentblockinplace.jpg

And a view of the North wall, lagging at the 26th course:

northwallinnercourse26.jpg

But the lag does not last long.  After two days, it’s all caught up:

eastandnorthinnercourse32.jpg

And, I should mention, it’s gorgeous!  Here’s a reverse view, looking at the once-shorter North wall and the once-taller West wall:

westinnercourse31.jpg

The blocks that make up the sills of the windows, inside and out, are all solids.  Here’s a ton (or more) ready to go up:

solidston.jpg

And now for some fun up high, some random views and perspectives:

northwallcourse32high.jpg

southviewfishbowl.jpg

And a preview of what’s to come next week: more scaffolding for the final bond beam:

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Great progress!

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