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Westcote Bell Pottery and Studios
Vaughan L Smith and Jacqueline M Cohen

3447 Hwy 331, PO Box 68, LaHave, Nova Scotia,
B0R 1C0, Canada, 902 693 2042.
vsmithpots@aol.com

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 March 27th,2011. During March the sheet rock work was done including the taping and spackling. The insulation was blown into the attic and some minor repairs were done to the cedar shingles on the East facing side of the building. The windows and doors were sealed with spray foam around the edges to prevent drafts or heat loss. The first job for me to do was cleaning. All of the sheet rock dust took a day to remove. The next job was painting the sheet rock, 7000 sq.ft, which took a week and two coats.

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Studio updates
Studio renovation Stage 2
Studio renovation stage 3
 
 
studio studio studio
studio studio studio

cape lahave

The Cape Lahave is our local fishing trawler.

  Fishing boat
  The second week is being spent doing the wood trim around all of the windows, doors and floor. The natural quality of the barn wood is the most prominent feature of the building, so much of the trim is being done using rough cut lumber and medium grade spruce, the same material used when the building was built in the 1860's. The color will be matched by rubbing in several different wood stains.
 

showroom

Showroom/ storage area

showroom

Showroom/ Storage area

showroom

Entrance to the upstairs studio.

showroom

Showroom/ storage area

Click here to see a video of the upstairs studio complete

jackies studio

Upstairs studio.

  April 23rd. We are nearing the end. The last week was spent ripping off the old clapboard which was porous and cracked too badly to save. The boards will be kept to salvage what we can for framing. The outside walls were wrapped in Typar which keeps water out while allowing air penetration for the timbers to breath. The Typar is covered with wooden strapping to create a half inch gap to allow air flow between the Typar and the clapboard. As an old building it was a tedious process of measuring and re-measuring from the eaves to assure the new boards were even and parallel top to bottom. The oil based stain was also painted on the ends of the boards and the gaps will be caulked to resist any water penetration.
 

outside

The three stages of siding. Old boards, top right, Typar and strapping, top left, and finished along the bottom.

outside

The trim around the doorway is from the offcuts.

outside

Pulling together the two sides by using the clapboard around the front door.

scaffolding

Ready for the last clapboard which took two of us all day to complete.

scaffolding

The end is in sight and I am ready for lunch.

finished

The last board up and time to relax, the caulking and trim painting tomorrow.

floor The upper front studio floor was varnished with the same finish as the window and door trim. It took 5 gallons of varnish with a little Walnut staining. floor

house

The house did not have a porch railing. I made one.

downstairs floor

The floor in the clay studio was covered with a mix of varnish and the house stain, 3 coats.

 
gallery photo

gallery photo

This is the downstairs which is going to be the clay studio.

gallery photo

 

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