Taking shape

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We can get a much better view as the general shape unveils…  It is really a pleasure to see the full scale of the building . It looks fantastic from every angle with pleasing lines and an superb overall asthetic. The floor layout and use of space is great, and we cant wait to polish off the finishing touches…

First we start to clear out all the wood and metal shutters …

… stacked one by one without a single nail escaping!

Concrete tomorrow, for sure

Two loads of cement bags arrive on schedule ready for the big day …

… and a load of fine gravel to go with the larger gravel hardcore.

The iron workers and bar benders polish off the entrance …

… and the shuttering on the sides of the beams at the rear of the builiding.

At the sides the electrician has encounter a few obstacles to waeve his wiring covering pipes and has needed to re-bend some of the iron bars to make a safe passage.

As previously seen, the traditional of performing rituals is well observed before starting any major steps in construction.

Here our English, London based friend and Ganesh Arts colleague Klaus Duffy performs part of the ceremony. Klaus holds regular exhibitions in London galleries and sends all profits to Ganesh Arts India through Ganesh Arts Limited UK.

Poobalan, our Engineer breaks the next coconut …

… then the turn of your humble servant – I may well look more relaxed with this rather blunt masons tool then with the terrifyingly sharp machete 😉

Our chief mason casts the first gauge of concrete within the beam and pillar.

All of this will be covered with concrete by tomorrow…

21 days later

Hoorah! The main part is completed. Now we will spend the next 21 days ensuring that the algae takes a strong hold! The electrician sets up a motor to ensure a steady flow of water to the roof.

On the roof we create small dams to keep permanent pools of water all over the roof… See you in march!

An action packed day

This is the big day. We are definitely casting the roof and ceiling concrete. We call in a big team specialized in this type of operation. They organize a large machine to carry the concrete onto the roof, gauge by gauge…

It is important that the cement mixer is positioned in the right place and well fixed that it wont budge an inch.

While unloading the sand, cement and gravel the cement mixer is digesting the previous load. Then the mix is poured into buckets fixed onto a conveyor belt up onto the roof.

On the roof, things aren’t quite on schedule…the electrician faced with the odd complication is only just catching up …

… protecting an small area around the electrical junction boxes (in this case for a fan) with a mixture of mud which will space the box from the concrete and allow for easy access below in the ceiling after the metal and wood shuttering is removed.

On the sides the masons are checking levels for the last time.

Its 8 am, we are underway and full steam ahead..its going to be a long day.

Some steel sheets are placed on top of the iron roof lattice to allow for the wheelbarrow of concrete to distribute where necessary.

First we fill the beams …

… then the sides of the roof …

… upon which the mix is a dry one to prevent it from running off.

While some are casting the concrete, some ar ahead finishing the shutters while others are placing the spacers..an organized chaos, timed to the last minute!

The concrete is methodically spread, mm perfect!

We rent a vibrating machine which spreads the concrete and removes any air pockets.

Amazingly, asides our pleads that they wear boots, the workers seem immune to the harmful side effects of cement! All accept one who accepted the boots…

This is a traditional way of compacting and levelling after the vibrator has done its work.

Once the concrete drys a worker goes along and scratches a coarse key to allow for a suitably rough surface for the next layer of cement.

Phew… just on time ! A last minute delivery of water after our water tank is dry due to a power cut which cuts the well motors. Our engineer is much relieved. He now has to organize a lighting system as work will have to continue through the night.

The workers are working at full capacity to keep things on schedule …

… however light is not on our side …

… darkness descends and lanterns are set in place.

2.30am and things slowly are wrapping up…

Eleven thirty…

The intricate process goes on and will delay the concrete until Tuesday…

Finishing the entrance …

… sides of the roof also.

Spacers on the metal ceiling shuttering sheets are being set in place.

The electrical wiring containing tubes are laid with the ceiling shuttering.