Shaw & Jagger and the project's structural engineer Brian Smith of Arc Engineers were on site yesterday morning to look at the last remaining major engineering problem of this work - what to do about the dolerite layer which lies below the granophyre. This picture was taken back in 2010, before any work began.
Even though it showed signs of erosion by the pounding of seven centuries of storm waves, the dolerite wasn't fixed at the same time because it is exceptionally hard, and was quite strong enough to bear the additional weight of the scaffolding. But, now that the scaffolding is close to being removed, decisions have to be made about stabilising the dolerite.
The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Friday, 24 April 2015
Aberford Interiors to fit their top-end kitchens. He was working in the main kitchen at the east end of the North Range, a room in which the plaster is still drying on the walls.
Alex runs his own business, Millson Joinery, and has worked in France and New Zealand as well as all over the UK - amongst other talents, he speaks fluent French and is a trained shipwright. He's been at Mingary since Monday and said he would be finished by the end of the day - though he'll be back to fit more units in the kitchenette and utility in the East Range. Like so many of the skilled people working on the castle, he doesn't have the need for his own website, but can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Bibby Joinery, whom we last saw up here in January. Gary's been busy making the oak panelling that will be fitted into several of the rooms - full panelling in the dining room and sitting room, and half height 'dado' panelling in the bedrooms, office and stairwell. The first panels, for the sitting room, are already built - though after today's visit and a re-measuring of the rooms, a few modifications will have to be done.
He's seen here with 'resident' joiner Martin Theaker who will be fitting the panels as they arrive. The panels are unstained oak and will come with just a coat of Danish oil. They'll be delivered room by room in sections - because access is so limited - and it'll be Martin's job to assemble them, a task he says he's looking forward to. The sitting room panels will be here in a week or so.
Friday, 17 April 2015
R&B Electrical & Renewables is back. When I came in he was working with Chris in the kitchen to instal the datalink cabling. There's some urgency in this as the last section of plasterboard needs to be finished and the place plastered as soon as possible, because the kitchen fitters are arriving on Monday.
J-P may be the boss of his own, very successful building firm today, but he's a plasterer by trade, so it was very interesting to go upstairs with him to meet....
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Saturday, 4 April 2015
Now that a decision has been made on the future of the dungeon, stonemason Damien is working on the stone walls which are badly decayed in places. Access will be by a lift, comprising a platform which, when up, will seal the dungeon and provide a safe crossing to the garderobe, but which will lower to enable the dungeon to be reached.
Imagine the thoughts of its one-time prisoners had they known that, one day, the room would be filled with fine wines!