Well it has begun. We are knee deep in varnish and glue, paint and sawdust, sweat and blood. When Lindsay and I arrived, we walked into a construction zone. Bob had finished the mezzanine, which looks amazing, and tore up the carpet. There is a layer of glue and carpet backing stuck to the 1000 sq foot area (about half the ground level floor space) that needs to be scraped off. Before that happens, we need to paint the ceiling. If you have ever painted a ceiling, you will know that it is a giant pain in the ass. We varnished the 2X8 beams a lovely pecan , and are now painting the 14 1/2 inch strips in between the beams “dark cat tail” (its brown). We have to tape off all the beams which is not fun and takes a long time. But it will look great when its done.
Bob has built a super stable decked out bar top, which will work far better than the last bar top that drinks fell off of because it was so warped. It’s going to have a simple clear glaze that lets the pine do its good looking thang. The stage has also got an upgrade, with two movable palates. There are plenty of plans in the works for the eventual usage of that stage (blues and rib night for one). Before any of that can happen though, we need to finish the god damn place!!!! Here are some photos of the progress.
under the mezzanine which is the dining area
there is a new bar top under all that junk
new stairs leading up to the mezzanine (the studio)
the bar meets the mezzanine
left side of mezzanine
right side of mezzanine
We’ve recently put in the carpet, and put a layer of resin on-top of the bar. Things are getting cleaned and removed in order to create a more refined and uncluttered design inside the lodge. Despite these appearance of these photos, we did rid the place of a great many treasures. Little Beaver will be hosting a garage sale in a few weeks to sell the stuff that didn’t make it into the keep pile. There are lots of goodies we just can’t keep around anymore. Be sure to check out our calender to see when that yard sale will be held!
New stained and painted beams under the mezzanine
finished bar shot
the bar has been coated in a resin to achieve a high gloss finish
the stairs have been stained and a bit of the furniture has been placed in its proper place
the drums have found a home upon the stage and eagerly await numerous jams
we placed the moose and dear in optimal viewing positions
Iroquois creation blanket displayed with pride
kitchen organized spic and span
a good shot of the dinning area, studio railing and the bar
the studion is beginning to look like a REAL art studio
we didn't get rid of all the treasures hidden at Little Beaver
the VERY rare Deaver, only one ever spotted in the wild was this guy who was found dead at the back door of Little Beaver reeking a bit like Irish whiskey
More progress photos to come in a few days! The end is nigh!