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Friday, February 2, 2018

White Wolf Mine (an update)

The photo (left) is of the "House of The Tragic Poet" in Pompeii, Italy. The mosaic reads "cave canem" or beware of the dog. This type of mosaic has been found around the Roman World and has two interpretations 1: a literal guard dog warning (as this one appears to be) or 2: beware of dog ( if a small dog resides in the dwelling such as a small Greyhound), be careful not to step on it.

If I lay concrete at the entrance to the mine shaft, should I do something like this, only with a wolf - "beware of the white wolf"? Maybe put a chewed up trespasser at its feet (in mosaic)?

It does detract from the rustic nature of the adit (mine shaft), but there is such a thing as improving and adding culture. Would it also be appropriate to add Roman plaster on the walls, or is that taking a good thing too far?

Linus Pauling wrote that the only way to have a good idea was to have lots of ideas. I tend to follow that school of thought.

h/t Ed Long, one of this blog's faithful readers

I'm working on some of the finer details of the interior lighting, selecting ceiling fans, and doing that sort of thing. There are at least a thousand mundane details - likely more than 1000 that need to be addressed.

And while I'm coasting, picking out stuff and being very domestic, the principal masonry is complete at the White Wolf Mine. There are still some pillars that need to go up and some other masonry that will be put outside of the main structure, but there's enough done to start adding the frame to the foundational structure. I'm very happy with the base masonry. Well done crew!



Now comes the clean up in preparation for plumbing and then the concrete can be poured. 

13 comments:

  1. A mosaic of a crushed skeleton with, "Danger - No Trespassing"?

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    1. I plan on getting some of those Halloween skeletons and leaving them around the property, partially covered with soil and pine needles. Have thought of leaving them there with old, rotting clothes, clinging to the no trespassing sign.

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  2. Is that a big ol' chunk of bedrock in that last picture?

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    1. Yes, we blasted around it. They're going to take it out with jack hammers.

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    2. I'll bet the blasting was fun. Only thing I ever blasted out of the ground were some tree stumps I helped an uncle remove.

      First time I saw fertilizer used as a blasting agent. Thought that was pretty neat!

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  3. That's great news! And yes, MYRIAD of details yet to go... Patience IS a virtue! :-)

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  4. Looks like great progress. Keep up the good work.

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  5. OH YES! You most definitely should! It has to be done. I positively insist!

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    1. It's not a priority at this point, but it WOULD be cool.

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  6. I think I just boogered a comment by clicking on a picture.

    I was saying I like the idea of a Roman-style mosaic because those blew me away the first time I saw them in person. Lots of meticulous hand labor and fitting. Especially the ones that didn't use square tiles, and had them at angles to each other.

    As for what it says, it doesn't matter what it says if the reader can't read Latin. Make up something.

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