With A Little Help From Our Friends…

That’s how we get by!
As we were ready to get started on round two of “bringing down the walls…” we had company arrive.
John and Chummy were the first to show up! Don’t let the white hair fool you. These two are stronger than oxen on steroids! For real! Polish oxen!

"Where's the pry bar? Let's get going!"
“Where’s the pry bar? Let’s get going!”

Next thing you know, two trucks and a motorcycle pull up. It’s Picard and Co., to the rescue once again! Now the pictures are going to get messy. Blurry and dusty. These human tornadoes took the other three walls down before 3 pm.¬† All we could do was duck for cover!

Wait for me!
Wait for me!

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"cough cough"
“cough cough”
Triumvirate of Tearing Down, Dervishes of Demolition, Tazmanian Devils of Destruction!
Triumvirate of Tearing Down, Dervishes of Demolition, Tazmanian Devils of Destruction!

On to the side. Move the scaffolding, fellas…

"easy there..."
“easy there…”

And so it went, tear it down, haul it out, go back for more.

Wall #3, gonzo!
Wall #3, gonzo!
What's for lunch?
What’s for lunch?

Next thing you know, it’s all over but the pizza!

"That went well. Urp."
“That went well. Urp.”
What's next?
What’s next?
Keep on keepin' on!
Keep on keepin’ on!
Great things were done today.
Great things were done today.
all that's left is water...septic...spray foam...dry wall...paint walls and ceiling...lighting...floors...almost done!!
all that’s left is water…septic…spray foam…dry wall…paint walls and ceiling…lighting…floors…almost done!!

– The White Church Gallery

Pardon Our Dust!

The walls have come tumblin’ down. But not without a lot of coaxing, urging, and back breaking labor!
First step: prep. I spent a day solo moving all the furniture and tools into two aisles so that the walls were clear. I felt very empowered after the move.The place was a mess, as you see.

Bird's-eye Before shot
Bird’s-eye Before shot
Better...two aisles.
Better…two aisles.
Wall almost clear...
Wall almost clear…
Except for the massive piano harp. That will take two.
Except for the massive piano harp. That will take two.

Step two: start ripping out plaster and lathe. Scaffolding set up, tools assembled. Masks on, ready, set, go!

Shrouded for now.
Shrouded for now.

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Here’s the “time lapse” of the wall coming down.

Grime doesn't pay!
Grime doesn’t pay!
We can breathe easy now!
We can breathe easy now!

Third step: down in the trenches, shoveling plaster and lathe, taking it out to the dumpster, and back for more.

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Tired. Empowered!
Tired. Empowered!

One wall down, three to go. That’s enough for one weekend…

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Step four: Time for some eats and drinks! Step it up, Captain Barbeque!

"With or without plaster dust?" "Without, please!"
“With or without plaster dust?” “Without, please!”
– The White Church Gallery