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catchin' up!


Hiya, Folks! Yeah. I know. Its been a long time... Well, I've been pretty busy, what with actually WORKING and all... I've done two bathrooms and a mudroom, and a shed conversion-to-shop for a neighboring ranch. They hired me on as a "maintenance-man"... but its been all "cut-it-out-and-replace-it man" stuff. Mostly bad news. Really. I won't get into it, except to say that I've seen enough petrified cats, skunks and rodents to last for a while! There IS some news of note from DeadOxRanch, however... We've been busy here at the Oxfarm. I think somewhere in my posts, I mentioned a patio project. We had a space between two buildings that was just crying out for a change-up. Three years ago, my son and I started excavating for the project. The design uses four 6"x16"x14' treated timbers, half-lapped, and set upon 4 8"x24" concrete piers. It took several weekends, over several months to get them in. I HAD been thinking of using pavers, or old brick to fill in the space, but it took so long to get to that step, that I had time to reconsider. Uh Oh. by the time 2 1/2 years went by, the concept became a 10'x10' concrete slab, broken up into 11 separate elements. Within this space, we incorporated the quadrants of the compass, a yin/yang symbol using a large metal wagontire, cedar dividing lines, and the quartering of the universe. Good thing I wasn't thinking about the Mayan Calendar, or it might have gotten even busier... The compass art and air,water,fire and earth pieces are all done in art glass, with the "earth" sumbol being replaced by our own logo (The Power of Love) and impressions of the livestock brands I grew up with. Our logo is done in bronze (something I did while I worked at Blue Mountain Fine Art) with glass inserted in it. Three year project. There was only about six months of labor, and the rest of the time was spent staring at the hole... The different shades were accomplished by using combinations of white and grey cement, mixed with white blasting sand and regular sand and gravel. It was all an experiment, so we'll see how it lasts.



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good to see your gettin things done. the patio is dang cool ! im just pullin nails and stackin lumber.

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I forgot to include one pic. Here's a pic upclose of the bronze inclusion. Its much thicker than the rest of the inclusions, which made it a BEAR to get flush w/the surface. We used one of the newer types of sealer, which gave the whole thing a "wet" look. I'm pleased with this project, even though people tell me that the glass will pop out from the freezing... We partied on this thing all summer, and I'll tell ya, I'm sure pleased w/ the sealer! What w/kids, drinks and etcetera, it rocks!



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cool, hahaha, fits rite in here too.


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I like your work, neighbor, it reminds me of when I had that much energy.  I'd give something to have even a fraction of that, now..



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