We had a super slow start today because of our late night last night. However we have made some great progress by setting in the second ‘skin’ to the right flanking wall, had some fun installing the second ‘skin’ to the rear wall ‘wings’ too. Big 1500mm x 1000mm x 100mm ice slabs were quite difficult to maneuver and get in place… thats 150kg of slippery ice on a slippery floor, we have steel toe caps to protect the feet, but when bedding the slabs on top of other slabs its our fingers we really have to be careful of! We managed to get them in place but broke one of the slabs, the ice can be extremely brittle, if there is a stress fracture then that can tun into a big crack.
One of the amazing things is that the cracks and breaks add to the beauty of this unique natural material. Unlike any other man-made material it is so fast to work with, it sounds incredible working against it with sharp tools, and no two pieces are the same.
Tomorrow we will be setting out the bed, but for now its a chill out night with a DVD and a glass of wine or two.