With the weather here in Eastern KY finally creeping up past the frost danger, we finally ended our months of frozen solitude and began construction on our future workshop.
Though Thoreau said we should start our buildings in the sky and work down, we being less ambitious started on the ground, or under it really. Finding stone here is no problem, with every property jutting sandstone cliffs and literal shelves of basically flat rock everywhere. We began by collecting all the stone we could for several weeks. A good friend once told me when you build with stone, you should figure as best you can how much is needed, then double that amount…
Our building site was some kind of cow pasture 100 years ago, and now is a maturing forest. We started by digging our footing.
Bella enjoyed supervising as the trench grew…
It really is amazing how many stones go in to a footing. This is about 15 loads in our Mule.
Once the trench was made we leveled it instead of the ground, to save some hassles with stonework, we didn’t want to have to build up the downhill side of stone, so we just leveled our trench and rocked equally all around.
First in went the biggest and ugliest stones. Not being too square they were just touching.
The next layer covered the gaps in the first and received some mortar…
As we broke out of the ground level and into what will be visible, we dyed our mortar brown to give a better contrast to the stone.
Our finished foundation, about 24″deep on the downhill side, and 30″ on the uphill side. We plan to come back later and level the soil around, removing the soil uphill to a lower level especially.