Mushroom Wedding Arch Ready to Cement

Continued from:   More on the Drought

San Clemente Goat Bellowing

I woke up this morning to the sound of a one of the goats cutting a scream through my dreams.

At first I thought it was the doe with the three new kids, who must have squeezed through a hole in the fence. I jumped into my clothes and ran out only to find the whole herd was loose with the exception of a single doe, who could not figure out how to escape through the hole in the chain-link gate. Standing alone and cut off from the herd  she was  letting everyone know how  frustrated she was. I spent the dawn repairing the gate and coaxing the herd back into the paddock with a can of grain.

By that time the sun had come up and it was time to complete the carving on the Mushroom Wedding Arch in time for Lammas.

 

Carving the Uprights of the Mushroom Wedding Arch

The carved left and right panels for each upright were temporarily removed so that the foam, when applied, would not drip down on the detailed carved work.

The keystone or transition between the completed top section of the arch and the upright

Backside of the right keystone or transition between the completed top section of the arch and the upright

The keystones, the transition between the top section and the uprights were glued in place. The orange foam is just a different foam that was available.  It is actually a section of a discarded floating dock.

And, of course, the same complaining goat was  standing in the background.

Full view of the left upright and foam for the keystone glued in place. Notice the carved  panels have been removed.

Front view of the left upright and foam for the keystone glued in place. Notice the carved panels have been removed.

Next the carved left and right panels were permanently attached to each upright. Each keystone was carved to blend in with the top portion of the arch which was cemented last summer. The top portion of the arch is  wrapped under the blue tarp to protect it until the arch is completed.

Backside of the right upright with the keystone glued in place and the carving  roughed out.

Backside of the right upright with the keystone glued in place and the carving roughed out.

The last part of the carving process was the editing process where the total work was shaved down to allow for the ¼ to ½ inch of cement which would be applied later.

The more I shaved away the better it looked so I just kept whittling down. At last the bell rang in that far distance space within my head that announced that the work was done.

Front side of the Mushroom Wedding Arch caved in Styrofoam

Back side of the completed Mushroom Wedding Arch caved in Styrofoam

NOTE:  I will be Announcing the date and time of the Cement Party and Potluck shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on July 30, 2014, in Holidays at PsiKeep, San Clemente Goats, Sculptures, Uncategorized, Unforeseen Events and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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