Out of the woods, works!

I’m just reading a novel about a hundred year old person climbing out a window to escape into a more exciting life.

Reminded me of our bus floor. The Rimu for our floor boards came out of the woods at least about 100 years ago, and was then used as timber in the roof of the St Helen’s Homestead, which was built in 1917. We were so lucky that the current owners, who are restoring the place, have not just thrown out all that timber, and let us go through their wood pile.

Denailed and brandspankingly remachined, the Rimu is now destined to embark on a tour around the whole country – I can only imagine what it must feel like, covering so much ground after a lifetime of slumber.

St Helen's Homestead Station 1917 (Image courtesy of Rosemary Ensor)

St Helen’s Homestead Station 1917 (Image courtesy of Rosemary Ensor)

All the way back in November we had went through the wood pile like bark beetles through bast fibres (yeah?) and salvaged about 150 linear meters. Taking out what felt like 5000 nails, but probably just was 500, and cutting out bad bits took the good part of two days. But it was so exciting, and fortunately family friend and carpenter Chris suggested getting them remachined at some outfit in Belfast (Christchurch) rather then planing and thicknessing them ourselves. And that was totally worth the money, which worked out to be about $1.70 per meter. It felt like Christmas, Easter and Nikolaus day had all rolled into one when I went to pick it up, all smooth, taken down to 15mm, and with tongue and groove.

A Rimu dream come true

A Rimu wood louse’s dream come true

Denail that!

Denail that!

Before and after

Ceiling a-ok actually, but that floor..?

Yes, you’ve seen this, so what about the floor..?

Rimu floor? Yes please!

Rimu floor? Yes please!

We couldn’t have been much more stokeder about how it all turned out. And, it was so much fun to work with!

Let's make battens

Let’s make battens

Woodpile Goodpile

Woodpile Goodpile

Battens down first

Battens down first

Select prettiest boards

Select prettiest boards

Put insulation down

Put insulation down

Boards over the top of insulation

Boards over the top of insulation

A quarter is done

A quarter is done

It's done

It’s done

We're done too

We’re done too

Kasperle Theater

Kasperle Theater

Let's play ninepins!

Let’s play ninepins!

Dancefloor?

Dancefloor?

Rimu floor detail

Rimu floor detail

Cuppa tea, anyone?

Cuppa tea, anyone?

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5 Comments on “Out of the woods, works!

  1. That, my friends, is a thing of beauty. Definitely be proud of yourselves!

  2. Nun verfolge ich diese Geschichte schon von Beginn an. Es ist spannend Fortschritte zu sehen.Das fast hundert jährige Holz hat eine super Verjüngungskur gemacht.
    Jeder kann sehen,wie viel Liebe und Arbeit Ihr in Euer Projekt steckt und jedes Teil eine besondere Geschichte erzählen kann.
    Macht weiter so
    Liebe Grüße aus der Ferne
    Mama

  3. Kann mich dem nur anschließen,sieht perfekt aus.Sooo gemütlich schon mit Kerzenschein und einem Glas Wein.Bewundere und beneide euch für die tolle Arbeit.
    Drückt mir die Kleinen gaaanz doll,vermisse Euch
    Anja

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