Build diary – week eight, shaping up nicely

Walkway rafters in place

With great pleasure, I am handing this blog over to Whistlewood volunteers. If you would like to contribute, you can write your own piece as Chris has or send me notes using the contact page or via Whistlewood

By Chris Gregson – 16th July to 20th July.

The continued good weather has enabled us to crack on, and with the external larch poles in position and some of the walkway rafters in place the Roundhouse is really taking shape.

Larch poles in place

Each of the larch poles has been positioned onto the bottom steel plate, cut to size, with one of the steel brackets fitted to the top, these brackets support the main structural beams that run around the walkway.

Walkway structural beams

The horizontal beams consist of three large timbers sandwiched with two ‘flitch’ plates (equally large steel plates that run between the posts) forming a supporting beam for the walkway roof. Each of the large timbers and flitch plates had to be man-handled into place, (with much heaving, sweating and some bad language it must be confessed) then bolted together.

Walkway rafters
Post, bracket, timbers and flitch plates all bolted together with the rafters above.

Walkway rafters

The rafters will be trimmed back so that the walkway has a three metre wide roof to match the decking.

Walkway rafters in place

Chris Gregson.


Whistlewood leaf tiles

Buy a personalised tile for the Whistlewood roundhouse floor

The Whistlewood roundhouse will have a beautiful tile floor with bespoke tiles designed by Andy Mason, a talented local potter and Whistlewood member. Each tile will feature the leaf of a beautiful native species and will lie under the roof lantern.

We will engrave your initials on the front of the tile, creating a legacy you can visit for years to come.

Pay online:
Just £8 per tile or £30 for a family of 4.

Anyone can buy a tile, members and non-members alike and you can buy tiles as gifts. And there are only a limited number of tiles…

The floor will be laid in September 2018, so please don’t delay.

As you order please put the following in the comments section at the checkout:
1. The two or three initials you would like on your tile(s)
2. Which of the following tree species you would prefer (we cannot guarantee this as we will have a spread of species across the floor):

Birch – silver
Cherry – wild
Chestnut – sweet
Crab apple
Maple, field
Oak, English

Upcoming Community Days

If you are interested in helping the build please sign up for one of these volunteer days:
Wine bottle floor laying – 4 and 5 August 10am to pm
Come and help lay our wine bottle insulation floor. Suitable for all ages.

Laying the cedar shingles – in the next three weeks

Laying the timber decking – date to be confirmed

Living roof – date to be confirmed

Please email Whistlewood if you can help.


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