Workin’ DURING the Weekend

This past weekend marked the first of five construction weekends for Small Town Studio.

Small Town Studio is comprised of full-time graduate students who live and attend school in Manhattan, Kansas, and this poses some interesting problems when it comes to the construction phase. Mainly, “When will we actually have time to build this thing??” The answer: On the weekends.

It has been a huge undertaking to coordinate everyone’s schedules, equipment, materials, and tools to make the construction phase possible. But on Friday we got off to a great start. Here is an update on our progress so far, in pictures and captions:

Friday, October 24th

The Westar team sets the power poles that will serve as the pavilion columns.

The Westar team sets the power poles that will serve as the pavilion columns.

Stephen uses the city's scaffolding to mark the tops of the columns to be cut.

Stephen uses the city’s scaffolding to mark the tops of the columns to be cut.

Several members begin building a jig to cut notches in the columns.

Several members begin building a jig to cut notches in the columns.

Testing out the jig.

Testing out the jig.

Built-up wood members require lots of Liquid Nails, real nails, and screws. And more nails. And more screws.

Built-up wood members require lots of Liquid Nails, real nails, and screws. And more nails. And more screws.

The best group picture we could come up with at the end of Day 1.

The best group picture we could come up with at the end of Day 1.

 

Saturday, October 25th

String makes a very useful leveling instrument.

String makes a very useful leveling instrument.

Built-up beam building continues.

Built-up beam building continues.

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Watching the Royals in the local theater.

That sunset though.

The sunset over Eureka City Lake was beautiful. (That sunset though.)

 

Sunday, October 26th and Monday, October 27th

Cutting notches in the poles for the horizontal structure to rest in. And more cutting. And more cutting.

Cutting notches in the poles for the horizontal structure to rest in. And more cutting. And more cutting.

Now that's OSHA approved!

Now that’s OSHA approved! Continuing to cut notches with the help of a scissor lift.

Overall the weekend was a great success! Though work moved slower than we had estimated (as most construction work does) we learned a lot through the process of working together on site. We’ll be in Eureka every weekend from now until Thanksgiving to really push though this project before the winter weather rolls in, so be on the lookout for frequent process updates!

Photos contributed by Kelsey Angle, Laura Brown, and Dominic Musso

 

 

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