Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The 1410 Growlery: 12/21/2011

The view as I enter. The walls are Benjamin Moore GN-77, an obsolete code paint that was in a rusty can that has been in our basement since we moved in 25 years ago. As one might expect, the paint has a lot of clumps and bumps. It gives the walls "character".            Also, a good leather chair for company.  Between the wood chair, the leather folder and the ottoman I can seat three.  One for solitude, two for company, and three for society.  Should be enough.

The Peter Mooney is in the future location of the work bench. To the right, Lorna's little mixte.

The Ghost of Elvis. I'm seriously considering removing the fenders. How many fendered Chris Kvale bicycles does a man truly need? The bike hangers are just plumbing -  floor flanges, 12" pipe, end caps, covered with foam isolation jackets.  
Galmozzi and McLean. Tomorrow, Odean, God of War is coming over to patch my ill measured holes behind the McLean. He will work for really good beer. In true light the "orange" walls are actually burnt sienna - a brick red brown. The plywood will be covered by my old board fence, which is 3/4" x  7" redwood boards which will be planed down to  1/2" and stained to match the door.

The day before yesterday I visited Dave Forland and bought another of his old $25 chairs. Lorna claimed the other one I had for her sewing room. The ottoman will be eventually be covered with brown leather. And I think I need more shallow bookshelves on the wall behind the chair - just in case I need to read. We have a killer wi-fi router which will blast a signal down to The Growlery, but I think I'm going to resist that temptation for now.
As you can see, I'm slowly getting things fixed up. Next, baseboard and ceiling, then lay down the vinyl flooring. Then next summer, refurbish and trim the windows and door. 

20 comments:

Mimbres Man said...

Nice! Where do you keep the growlers of IPA?

Silk Hope said...

Too many bikes.

Gunnar Berg said...

@ Mimbres, Maybe under the work bench?

@Jack, I cannot believe you said that. There are NEVER too many bikes.

Silk Hope said...

Ha! Got ya. I have new Moulton on the way.

Gunnar Berg said...

I thought I had enough, then Barin and I were mailing about early titanium and it dawned on me, I'd really like a Cecil Behringer, but I absolutely won't unless something else is sold first. I've thought about it some. The Peter Mooney.

Mimbres Man said...

Jack: I've always liked those bikes. I climbed Mt. Roraima here in Venezuela (The Lost World) with Alex Moulton's first cousin. When he learned I was a bicycle enthusiast, we hit it off wonderfully. He even called me from the UK once.

Gunnar: No problem keeping the IPA cool in the winter but in the summer might need a cooler(?).

gabriel said...

it is a beautiful space Gunnar, and feel free to add some more bikes if you fell so inclined...think horizontal from the ceiling...;)

Gunnar Berg said...

@Barin, I doubt Jack's bike is an Alex Moulton; more likely a David Moulton. One is a toy, the other a work of art.

Gunnar Berg said...

@Gabriel, It has crossed my mind.

Silk Hope said...

Sorry Barin but Mr. Berg would be correct.

http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/

Gunnar Berg said...

Tell us more about the Moulton. Your second? Or third? Post pictures on your blog or something. If I were ever bitten by the bike collecting bug he would be on my short list of maybe 5 or 6.

Jonny Hamachi said...

and what are the dimensions of the Mooney??

Gunnar Berg said...

Prolly about 58cm.

Jonny Hamachi said...

I pined for a D. Moulton (under any name) for quite some time.

Tom G. said...

"What did he fear? It was not fear or dread, It was a nothing that he knew too well. It was all a nothing and a man was nothing too. It was only that and light was all it needed and a certain cleanness and order."
- Ernest Hemmingway "A Clean, Well Lighted Place"

Silk Hope said...

As requested:

http://echelon133.blogspot.com/2011/12/moulton-no-2.html

Hamachi there is always a Fuso or two on EB. They aer one of Dave's best products. Any usually for a fair price.

Silk Hope said...

BTW why is the "Coldnago" missing parts? Bad Karma.

Gunnar Berg said...

The bars have already reappeared. I was looking for the brake cable this afternoon when Christy stopped by and distracted me.

@velostuf said...

I'm finding lately that repairing/building walls, installing electrical and lighting is almost as much fun as bikes. You've hit the bifecta Gunnar!

Gunnar Berg said...

@velo, As I recall your house was in almost NOS mint condition. Whadda ya doing?