Hello Venturers! This is Gus of Fo’shiemer and Filles Fabs and I am back and readier than ever to attack the Whale! But in a good, non-hostile way! I am really looking forward to starting the building process, which we will be doing in two or three weeks! To give you an update, right now we’re working on drafting all the furniture that we need to build for the Whale, which is actually not too overwhelming. Erf and I have split up the tasks and the hardest thing I am trying to draft is the round couch at the back of the Airstream. We have some experience with drafting programs, like AutoCad, but all of the fun business we built on that was centered purely on aesthetics, whereas this is definitely about function. For example, Erf was working on the bookshelf, but she didn’t take into account the depth of the plywood that we’d be using. Rather she just started extrudin’ all over the place like a crazy person. But then when it came time to do cut lists, it became clear that she would need to start again because there’s no way to go back and change the dimensions and thicknesses. So that was sad, sad times in her life. And mine.
Nonetheless, this hands on type work is what I looked forward to the most about Ventura, and it’s finally here! There are some things that I feel a little bit nervous about, however. We have been working on the furniture plans, which aren’t going to be too awful or upsetting or cry worthy or anything like that. But then I remember subtle little things such as the fact that the floor of the Whale is all rotten on one side. And it shocks me every time I remember that we are building this thing from the shell up! I mean, hinged tables and saws? That sounds fun! But then I think about the electrical portion, which had sort of faded into the landscape of my brain. And then I feel a little apprehensive.
This apprehensive feeling was just setting in briefly on class the other day when Pam Powell of ACC came back to us! She is quite definitely going to be very useful and amazing throughout this project! She teaches carpentry and construction and is wonderful and knows everything. Also, she and Mrs. Jo are all on board for staying late after school and on weekends to help us. They were talking about having a rotating schedule where we each come one or two Saturdays to work. And we’re probably going to get to go on a filed trip to Pam Powell’s studio/teaching space at ACC.
ANYWAY. Enough of all that! I had an idea recently! There is a food station at the back end of the winning design that’s going to have the microwave and probably some utensils, the works, etc. I am doing this piece on Google Sketchup. And it occurred to me that it should be tiled! I know this is a pretty subtle little thing, but it brings back the Moroccan thing (fingers crossed!) and makes the design that much more intricate and amazing! In addition, my neighbor has a tile company so we have everything we need to do a mosaic put of old, scrap tile. Which is very green, I might add. I also realize that this is kind of detail oriented for all we have left to do, but I got really inspired, so here it is! The pictures below are of some lovely mosaics.