Less T E Lawrence and more Chandler
Procrastination may be a fascinating sport but it just doesn’t get the job done.
First I need an incentive
Angela Downton had kindly sent on the panels made for the new ceiling and I was keen to get on with it – as an incentive it was pretty good but still it didn’t, within itself, solve my petty quandary. I was actually going to have to make a decision.
Balsa as a material for the newby
Great stuff for shaping, lousy for cutting. Soft as butter and has a rotten surface. Anyone want to chip in here?
What seems like some time back, when I was really frightened of everything I touched turning into something entirely unusable – as opposed to now when I just start again – I was worried about making sufficient beams for Tudor/Jacobean architecture. Don’t ask me why – you’d have thought that cutting lengths off a ready prepped ‘stick’ would be one of the easiest things around. Casting around and costing it out, it seemed that the ready-made beam kits that Maple Street has for several of its Tudor style dolls houses would be cheaper than buying pine to cut; so I bought a set. It’s in balsa, which I thought would be fine for the roof areas where I was less likely to do it a serious mischief, and I carefully re-wrapped and shelved it.
Some little time later
Now I’m using it for pillars
A whole day painting six balsa sticks only to find that I didn’t like the colour. The danger of fiddling on is that everything gets to look even more muddy so I’ve just left them. They will, after all, only be the background for the furnishings – it niggles though.
- Tudor style architectural art (ruthsartwork.wordpress.com)