Saturday, March 28, 2009

Busy, Busy. Messy, Messy.

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I don't suppose I ever write, "Our current show is proceeding at a leisurely pace." Apparently, we're always racing toward the next deadline. But really, the show we're working on at the moment is going to kill us all. There's so much to do in such a short amount of time.




We are building an Irish cottage, six stone walls, and the road and land around the cottage, as well as a huge warehouse wall (for a different scene).




The "stones" are carved out of huge sheets of styrofoam. This is a massive project, and makes a gigantic mess. Thankfully, our foam supplier will take back all of our off-cuts and foam schnibbles, for recycling.

The floor of the cottage is meant to look like flagstone, and our carpentry staff spent days and days carving sheets of medium density fiberboard, which filled the air with more dust than you could imagine. I would get home at the end of the day with foam in my hair, pants pockets and knickers (don't ask, I have no answers to this question), and mdf dust coating all my clothes. We all wore respiratory protection because mdf is such an irritant.




Here's the floor, partially painted. The walls of the cottage are laying on top of its floor, ready to be test-fit. We are very lucky to have the room to pre-assemble our scenery, which cuts down on nasty surprises when we install.




On the left of this photo is "Foam-henge." Salvaged foam from a previous show will be carved into boulders for the current production. On sawhorses are pieces that will form the cottage's ceiling. We painted these as faux bois (that's "fake wood" for non highfalutin' readers). I'm always amused when we paint wood to look like wood.

Well, that's the update, and now I have to scamper out the door, because I need to keep going on this show, and will be working over the weekend.

5 comments:

Lynne Rutter said...

foam-henge! i love it!

Anonymous said...

Foamhenge - Tres Spinal Tap!

LB

Lynn Eve said...

Impressive, as always, Lisa! I am so excited about this show...

Kristen said...

i couldn't help but look at the big versions of the photos of the shop floor and think "i made that, and that, and those, and oooh look they still use Yeller!" such a dork. I love the stone walls! And nice to think that one day bay foam may one day put those off-cuts and schnibbles (good word, by the way) into a bean-bag chair near you.

Kristen said...

i just said "one day" twice in one sentence. That was an error, not extra emphasis.

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