Friday, February 4, 2011

Building the Grist Mill

A 1/25th scale 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup from Maisto sits next to the mill.  
Under construction for the garden railway layout of the Acton and Helena line is a mill inspired by the John Wesley Hall Grist Mill located at Tannehill State Park in McCalla. http://www.tannehill.org/activities.html
Board and batten siding covers the long side of the mill while lap siding covers the gables.
The model structure is composed with basswood and stone.  The stone was secured to the structure with weatherproof construction adhesive and then grouted with tile grout to complete the look of fine stone work.  The roof is covered with tar roofing paper before scale tin roofing is applied.  The wheel of the mill will be mounted and hopefully functional.  Solar-powered LED lighting will illuminate the interior of the mill.  A custom-poured concrete slab will serve as the base of the model and flues will be attached.

Progress on the Pond

In the doldrums of winter, there is little time to work outside on the garden railroad layout.  Between episodes of sleet, freezing rain and occasional snowflakes, a lot of progress has somehow been accomplished on the new pond and waterfall.  Natural stone has been mortared upon a liner that covers a concrete block frame of the pond.  The 300+ gallon top pond is deep enough that it could be used as a hot tub.  It was designed to be deep in order to keep the water temperature reduced during the hot summer months.  That's difficult to conceive on such a cold day.  The lower pond holds about 650 gallons and is supplied by water from a rain barrel on an automatic refilling system.  About 1500 gallons of water is recirculated every hour through the ponds.
Koko checks out the recent work, dreaming of hot days where she can dive for sunken golf ball treasures.
The waterfall comes to life as the spillway portion of the upper pond is completed.