Ode to an Arch

We’re working on the Arch.
It has served as a backdrop since we bought the church. This is how it first appeared:

Where's the Arch? December 2011
Where’s the Arch? December 2011

Removal of the dropped ceiling revealed:

Oh there is is!   February 2012
Oh there is is! February 2012

Yikes.

We tried to pretty it up!
Quaint it up with a rocker!  April 2012
Quaint it up with a rocker! April 2012
Yeah, I guess. It was temporary.
And as long as we’re in memory lane, when Mom turned 70, we dressed up the chaos and had a birthday party. Again, the Arch was the backdrop.
Good times,  July 2012!
Good times, July 2012!
I remember mopping that nasty floor with rainwater to try to get the worst of the ancient filth off. It sort of worked!
Pre Party Arch July, 2012
Pre Party Arch July, 2012
By December of 2012, It looked like this:
December, 2012 Chaos
December, 2012 Chaos
Then the fancy table was replaced with  picnic table. In case we wanted to have a picnic.
Uh, aren't picnics held outside? April, 2013
Uh, aren’t picnics held outside? April, 2013
Yes, so I we exchanged the picnic table for a bed! A futon, in case we got tired and had to nap, apparently.
Perfect place to take a nap! Ha! July, 2013
Perfect place to take a nap! Ha! July, 2013
Yeah, and as you can tell, we have a continual storage problem. We fixed the storage of the futon problem by finally getting rid of it. After three decades, it’s time to ditch the College Futon. Sniff.
Next came the Big Demolition, and we had a bare bones situation.
Uncovering the Arch! August, 2013
Uncovering the Arch! August, 2013
Later that same day – actually about 15 minutes later, we had this:
Hey now!
Hey now!
Closer inspection:
Naked Arch, August, 2013
Naked Arch, August, 2013
Behind those enormous planks is nature. Cool, raw nature.  These are truly the bones of the church. Which is fine for August, but by Fall.
The Church's long underwear! October, 2013
The Church’s long underwear! October, 2013
We needed some protection from the elements. Yes, it was a happy day!
Warmth!
Warmth!
Insulation by spray foaming. Next comes the drywall. And not soon after!
Later that same month, 2013
Later that same month, 2013
Drywall! Then Mike and Dad put up nailers on the arch in several death defying maneuvers.
Here’s Mike finishing up.
December 2013
December 2013
And then… a whole year went by… what happened to 2014? Well, there were ceilings to paint, floors to sand, trim to put up, caulk to stuff, windows to fix…
March 2014, Edge on Arch
March 2014, Edge on Arch
Sanding,  April 2014
Sanding, April 2014
The Arch also became a bit of an Art supporter.
September 2014
September 2014
And so it has been till this month, February of 2015. We keep rearranging and cleaning, trying to keep the Church work-wise. But we’re not done with the Gallery, so the art must go!
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And so, it’s February of the self-same year the White Church Gallery is set to open. 2015.YIKES!!!!

We need to pedal a little faster!

So now we have begun an art/science project.
I’m a scientist by nature, and Mike’s an artist. But he’s also an engineer, so that’s like a scientist. And I have a musical nature, so that’s artistic, right? Hence the art/science project that we are in the midst of. What to do with the arch!

Cherry and Pine. What say you?
Cherry and Pine. What say you?
This is only the beginning. As I type this, my soul mate is over yonder drawing up the arch on his CAD program and figuring out dimensions, beveling, and molding ideas. He’s trying to figure out how to make this arch a piece of art. There will be more to this story. Stay tuned.
– The White Church Gallery

Wood, Lovely Wood

We’ve started working on the front piece. Grindstone Mike has taken to calling it a riser. Mainly because it rises up in the front.

Yeah, but I thought choirs stood on risers!
Yeah, but I thought choirs stood on risers!

Maybe someday a choir will stand here, but for now, it needs a facelift.
We have acquired lots of wood from our Amish friends, and it has been drying for some time.

Playing with wood.
Playing with wood.

This piece is going to be art, so much contemplation and experimentation must preface the construction.

Cherry, Maple, or Pine?
Cherry, Maple, or Pine?
Woof! (that means yes!)
Woof! (that means yes!)

– The White Church Gallery

 

Ah aHHHH

That’s supposed to be angels singing. It’s the sound we hear (and usually make) when we look up and gaze at the new arch.

Can you hear them singing?
Can you hear them singing?

Ron Picard Builders has done it again.

Remember before?

All rectangles and no view
All rectangles and no view

Where’s the beautiful window above the door? And what will we do with that long, short window to the right? How about arches, said Captain Ron.

Ok, said Grindstone Mike, and cut through the plaster. That was a hard, messy job, but someone had to do it!

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Then came the new supports.

Amazing!
Amazing!

Next the drywall, after wetting it and BENDING it- who knew it would bend so far? Ron did!

You missed a spot...or no?
You missed a spot…or no?
Mike and Ron wet it and bend it...
Mike and Ron wet it and bend it…

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Next, the bead board. Nice touch boys.

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And the finish!

Ron and son Josh putting some back into it!
Ron and son Josh putting some back into it!

And so, before…

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and after…

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Ah aHHH!
Ah aHHH!

– The White Church Gallery

Shy Ponies and Rude Cows!

I took a walk Saturday morning. The sun was out, the air was crisp, and the roads were too muddy for me to drive my usual route by the horses and cows on the way to the Church in Grindstone City. So I walked there instead.

Walking down a country road
Walking down a country road

The road is rather like clay, so I stuck to the grasses and weeds by the edge of the road. I walked gingerly by the horses, trying not to spook them…

Shy ponies...
Shy ponies…

Drat, they have sharp ears. Maybe I’ll meet their owners and get the OK to bring carrots next time. If stealth won’t work, maybe bribery. They are so pretty!

On to the cows.

Pastoral beauty
Pastoral beauty

I kept walking, steady and slow. I hoped my favorite rebel calves would be out of the pasture and by the barn as they usually are. Jackpot! Those cutie pies look good enough to eat!

"I thought you were a vegetarian!"
“I thought you were a vegetarian!”

I didn’t mean literally “eat” guys- it’s just a metaphor for how stinking cute you are. Meanwhile in the wink of my eye, they skeedaddled back under the fence and behind their momma’s apron…

Rude cows!
Rude cows!

If you blow this picture up, you will see that EVERY COW is staring at me. What you can’t hear is the utter silence and eerie motionlessness of this scene. A dozen cows, motionless, silent, staring…until one cow broke the silence with her powerful stream of urine hitting the mud.

"Well, you were staring at us too!"
“Well, you were staring at us too!”
"Either feed us, or moove on already!"
“Either feed us, or moove on already!”

I mooved on.

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Back at the White Church, plans are underway for more demolition. This time, the walls!

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This is the entranceway. Square is out, arch is in. The door to the sanctuary should match the windows.

Then there is this opening. Rectangle is out, arch is in.

Arch it!
Arch it!
Where's my Sawzall?
Where’s my Sawzall?

Also, this room on the other side of the front of the Church needs help.

Water damage from a leaky roof.
Water damage from a leaky roof.

So the wall is coming out, the walls repaired, and a tile floor, furnace, and bathroom are all destined for this area.

Wall must go.
Wall must go.
WHERE'S MY SAWZALL?
WHERE’S MY SAWZALL?

When I left, the north side had been cleaned out. I returned to the city, leaving Dr. Sawzall to it.

Before
Before
After
After

Can’t wait to see what it looks like after a day of demo. Stay tuned!

– The White Church Gallery