Picking up the pieces


Decisions being made – it’s exciting

Nothing got done on the dolls’ house, once the plague and the rearrangement of my lower spine and hips decided to have a go at the same time just after Christmas.

theinfill - transfer print for possible dolls house hanging

theinfill - Jacobean dolls house Great Hall

But a couple of days ago I got down to some more transfer printing onto leather and other fabrics, working in our kitchen.  I figured that these might come in handy somewhere along the way.  And they’re fun to do, too.

Being mob handed in the cat watch department today, the opportunity arose to do things in a safer workspace.  On a first look round my workroom, panic nearly set in.  Everything was where it should be, but trying to decide which end of the string of  jobs to pick up stopped me in my tracks.

When in doubt dive in

I chose one.

Now, this is a little complex to describe, but I’ll do my best, so stay with me here.

The two halves of the Great Hall have different ceiling heights, one section of the Hall being a good five inches lower, in order to give  room space above, via the spiral stairs.  This upper room also overlaps the larger Hall space.  The room’s fourth wall (at the point of overlap) will have a viewing screen for looking through and down into the tall half of the Hall and over to the gallery landing.

With me so far?

Photos to explain

theinfill - Great Hall - accidental photo but gives a bit of a feel

theinfill - Great Hall - try out of screen and infill parts

Trying out 3 fret cuts

These somewhat fluffy pics show a loose mock-up of the screen using panels from Angela Downton.  They are slotted into a half-inch square beam, with a slip of veneer below to give a feel of a lower area for the screen wall.  The fret panels match the ones around the walls of the larger half of the Great Hall and the stained glass windows in the smaller half.  They will be left as an open screen with the rest of the screen wall being formed probably by a planking infill.  This will also include the areas between the open panel pieces and most probably in the beam area to each side, leaving the fret panels as the only open sections for viewing through.

This offering up process shows three fret cut panels in place but I might use four.

Decision two

As the two halves of the Great Hall separate out for access and general playing around, a choice has to be made concerning the attachment of the screen.  Current thinking is that the top half will be attached to the taller section of the Hall and the lower planked section to the other.

More photos in an attempt to be a little more clear

The beam and fret cut panels (along with whatever infill is needed between them and at the sides) as part of one half of the Great Hall.

theinfill - Great Hall viewing screen

3 inserted into slot on half-inch beam attached to taller half of Hall but still leaving plenty of head and arm space to work in below them

This view from inside the upper room shows both halves of the try out for the proposed screen together, but the bottom woodwork part only will be attached to this room.

theinfill - Upper Great Hall screen down into other half

View of mock-up from inside the upper room overlapping other half of Great Hall

Sounds complex, but it will give open access to this upper room from the fourth wall side when this side of the Hall is separated from its larger half, whilst leaving a complete suite of  matching panels for the taller half of the Great Hall.

How clear was that?

Well I reckon I know what I mean and think it might just work.  And yes, I do have my fingers crossed.


2 responses »

  1. Hi there. Looks great! Glad to see you are feeling better. I tried to reply to your comment on my blog, but hit the wrong button (or something). Thanks for your kind words about the dragon.

    • Great to hear from you and thanks getting back. Your dragon was gorgeous, beautifully symmetrical and you’d arranged it so that it truly looked full of graceful movement. Absolutely lovely.

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