I’ve started a new project, a saloon for the town of Durango named after my son Casey. Here’s a sketch (wow, I’m bad at that!):
Here’s where I intend it to go, near the worker shacks and across town from the general store:
The paver that is sitting on the dirt near the track is one of 6 that will be buried and form the solid base for the saloon.
On top of that base I’m going to create a 5 inch tall retaining wall/foundation for the wood saloon above. I’m planning to use the same technique I used in my dynamite shack. The technique for that was “stolen” from Ray Dunakin.
Here’s the “mold” in which I’ll make the mortar/stone walls with wire-mesh reinforcement:
The mold is made out of foam board, hot glued together:
Here’s a bit more of a closeup showing the structure. Each wall will be created independently with wire mesh bent around the corners to provide structural integrity.
That’s how far I got today. Progress will be sporadic until I retire in February, then I should have more predictable time to work on this. Yay!