Tile Roof A Canvas is Created

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A Canvas is Created
March 3rd, 2007 Justin and Arron carefully piece together the garage tile roof while taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather. Every tile is meticulously set on the roof and gently nailed into place. Many tiles are custom cut so they fit perfectly along the hips or where two roof planes meet. Every tile is unique; no two share the exact same color or pattern combination. As the sun moves across the sky, the tile shadows and colors change. Early morning reveals deep rich reds, black and greys. By mid-afternoon whites and light grey dominate as the tiles take on a more subdued appearance. Late afternoon brings forth deep, dark and long shadow lines that slowly dance around the roof until the sun sets.
Garage Roof
Like a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle, the garage roof tiles are carefully laid in place.

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A copper clad chimney rises as dusk creates new shadows on the garage tile roof.
The work is painstaking slow but the results should outlive us all.
Pedro listens to operas while taping and pasting sheet rock walls in the Kid's Playroom.
Pedro, an artist with many talents, practices opera singing while taping and pasting over 18,000 square feet of sheet rock walls in 21 of 23 rooms, three hallways, 14 closets and one pantry. Pedro sealed every seam and screw hole with "mud" from Sherwin-Williams. All corners were reinforced with steel angles and nylon mesh. Every application was allowed to dry thoroughly, then was sanded before another coat perfectly covered every seam, joint, corner and screw hole. Pedro suggested that we mix "mud" with primer paint and spray the walls to give the final coat of paint a flawless finish.
Last weekend Pedro gave two singing performances, to a thousand plus appreciative audience, at the Wilson Auditorium in Bozeman, Montana.
The first layer of mud is applied to sheet rock seams and screw holes.
Greenwall, water resistant sheet rock, is taped and sealed in the first floor bathroom.
I was not looking forward to spending thousands of dollars on kitchen counters and cabinets. My first ventures were to Home Depot and Loews. Both seemed to offer the allure of low prices and a great selection like WalMart. The Home Depot store was dirty and disorganized so I crossed them off my list almost immediately. Loews was clean but the first person who waited on me was a dunce. A week after taking my quote request he left the company. A new person took over and did a good job but the price was higher than I wanted to pay. So I listened to Rich's advice a second time and headed off to Simkins-Hallin. Melanie greeted me and asked all the right questions. She helped me for almost two hours as we designed cabinets at her desk and computer. Then Paul drove 150 miles round trip to visit the house and confirm measurements. The final price was a little less than Lowes while the Simkins-Hallin team service was top notch. Cabinents
Paul from Simkins-Hallin measures kitchen cabinet space.
The kitchen with a breakfast bar, pantry and overhead cabinet soffit is ready for Pedro's sheet rock taping and sealing.
Melanie custom designed our kitchen cabinets.
Sun Rise
Absaroka Mountain Sunrise on March 13th, 2007.
Rich and Josh take a break from painting to pose for a photo.
There was so much painting that Rich called his buddy John Nieubuurt from Dayton, Nevada to help him out.
Rich mixed sheet rock mud with primer paint as Pedro suggested. It took over four days to apply just the primer. Rich sprayed paint on the walls and ceilings while his helper gently finished it with a smooth paint roller. Every surface was scrupulously inspected with the help of a 1,000 watt halogen lamp, for imperfections. Rich explained that most new houses use textured coatings, which are more forgiving than flat surfaces, of irregularities and imperfections. This house, built with a classical design, required far more attention to detail and craftsmanship.
Meanwhile a world renowned artist, Joe Fay, set up his painting studio in the newly completed garage. There, Joe started to sand, stain and clear coat the exterior walnut stained doors made by Buffelen. The doors arrived unpackaged, with more than a few dings and splinters. The trim was shoddily stapled on and split in several places. Joe's exquisite woodworking skills allowed him to take a proverbial sow's ear and turn it into a silk purse.
Tapestry Enclosed
Joe Fay carefully applies clear coat to exterior walnut stained doors.
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Joe Fay
Joe Fay studiously sands a damaged door.
Micah Magnus
Beautiful doors, made from sow's ears, complete many days of hard work.
Life goes on after the devastating fire. On March 24th the Glastonbury community came together and overwhelmingly approved, 199 to 32, a Master Plan that will guide future development of our community. A few angry and loud voices opposed the plan on the anarchic grounds that no government is the best government. However, reasoned and thoughtful arguments, prevailed over the disgruntled few.
Several days later I drove to Yellowstone National Park, just 25 miles away, and relaxed with a wonderful afternoon hike.
March 24th, 2007
Glastonbury Community Meeting in Emigrant Hall

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Mountain Sheep
Mountain sheep graze just north of Yellowstone Park.
A colorful hot spring terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park.
A home where the Buffalo roam...
Buffalo look like giant, shaggy cows. This one pictured on the left was over six feet tall at his hump. Unlike contented dairy cows, Buffalo can have an attitude. I have often seen a glimpse of arrogance and even anger in their dark brown eyes. Once I accidentally disturbed a grazing group while hiking over a ridge; they almost stampeded me as a result. Since they are taller, and just as massive, as most cars Buffalo tend to treat the road like any field they graze in; they only move when they are ready to. Almost every year a park tourist or two get gored by angry Buffalo. I stayed inside my Jeep when I shot these photos.
Elk graze on the old military parade grounds at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park.
It is amazing that an animal that eats dry grass can get this big...
When the weather turns wet or snowy Arron and Justin move from the roof to the ground and work on siding the house. We are using a fireproof, cement fiber siding, made by Nichiha that looks like quarried marble. It is easy to install and all the fasteners are hidden from sight. Each six foot long by 18 inch wide panel is coated with silicon dioxide to prevent stains and give added impact resistance. Silicon dioxide is employed by many hi-tech window companies so their products do not need washing. The film is so smooth, that whatever dirt manages to adhere to it, is easily rinsed off with a garden hose or a brisk rain. Democracy
Quarry stone marble siding made by Nichiha and skillfully installed by Justin and Arron adorns the east side and turret.

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Marble Siding
On a classic house the marble siding is another canvas to work upon...
Coal Train
The garage nears completion and is a new studio for artist Joe Fay.
Donate a used book and help....

with the rebuilding effort. The fire consumed over 2,000 books; my lifetime collection. Every book was a small treasure and all are greatly missed. Many riders and readers have donated a few books from their personal collections to help rebuild my library. USN Commander John graciously donated two boxes of wonderful volumes, Eric from Sacramento kindly sent a second large box of tomes while Rachel mailed two wonderful children's books and a thoughtful note. Their gifts provided me with comfort, happiness and a sense of security. Several donated books have helped with architectural and construction ideas for the new home. Others will make wonderful bedtime stories for children. Every book was carefully inscribed with the donors's name and date so we will always be reminded of their generosity. Click on the underlined text if you would like to donate a used book or two for our future library.

This Into That by Jim Rosenau

The Grizzly Peak Cyclists in conjunction with Jim Rosenau thoughtfully donated many classical volumes to help rebuild our library. Jim grew up with books, over 5,000 of them, and parents who introduced him to the local library at a very early age. When not busy reading, Jim found another use for books that is artistic, witty and functional. For the rest of the story visit ThisIntoThat.com by clicking on the underlined text.
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Chuck and Rich tape and paste sheet rock while remodeling the future living room.
Rich Spallone
When you work for this guy you got to know how to have fun and do your job well.
Every sunrise is different and they are all beautiful.
Parting shots...April 12th, 2007

The sun rises a little higher above the mountains every day. Snow still falls but it melts quickly. Tiny bits of green are pushing through the blackened soil. Many people labored mightily since last August and through a bitter cold winter to build me a new home. Sometime soon, maybe in June, I hope to move in to this wonderful place where so many have worked so hard.
Arron caulks tile on a roof with a view.
Oregon Trail
Justin discusses early morning roof work with Arron from the man lift basket.
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