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Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Three trucks filled with scaffolding showed up late this morning. By the end of the day, the scaffolding was in place. I had serious doubts about them finishing the job before nightfall. Nevertheless, by the time we came back home from Hasama, the job was complete. These guys KNOW what they are doing!

Inagakisan, our carpenter, will take over from here. I believe he will remove the entire entryway, but I’m not sure if that’s the next step. Maybe the roof is next? I have not seen any building materials delivered. The roof will be black galvalume. The siding will be black and ivory galvalume. The lower siding will be cedar siding which will cover the existing logs. This will match the already remodeled portion of the house.

The style we are trying to convey is contemporary, but we have to be careful not to make it look like a warehouse. It will certainly be an unusual house. The exterior will conceal the logs while the interior will showcase the log architecture.  

Switching topics: The observatory is still in China. Another ship (CSAV Trancura) will bring the obsy to Busan (South Korea) on the 12th.  Another ship (Marvel) will bring the obsy to Oita (Japan) on the 14th. Well that's the plan anyway. Hopefully, the obsy will be here in time for Golden Week. If so, I'll be able to concentrate on assembling the dome during my vacation. Tsuyu (rainy season) will begin early this year. I hope to get the dome assembled before the rains start. The electronics for the obsy and telescope will have to wait until the exterior of the house is complete. What all of this means is that the next couple of months will be extremely fun...I mean busy.        George

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