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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Planked wall

Hi everyone, i have installed the first sections of planked walling on the upper floor level.
I've been undecided whether to leave the timber as is or give it a coat of lime wash ... Please let me know your thoughts on this, leaving the timber natural will make the room quite dark once the roof is in place but from the buildings i have been in from this period they do all appear quite dark inside.
This brings me to another topic about how im going to light this place, ive decided that im not mounting any ceiling lights so wall mounted lights and a combination of either oil or candles will be the choice how ever looking at whats available in 1:24th scale here in the UK does not give me large amounts of enthusiasm so im guessing it will either involve making my own or modifying standard lights that are available to something i like and blends in with everything else,Panels and floor boards have been left loose to accommodate wiring for these with a wood shed at the rear of the property housing any switches ( yet to be built).

Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.



 

14 comments:

  1. I have seen daub used between the timbers which usually lightens the interior rooms.
    I am sure you could make your own lighting for the rooms. Medieval designs are pretty simple. ;-)

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    1. Thank you Catherine,Im in the process of building a nook bed at the moment so im going to wait and see how this looks once its fitted into place, i may decide to use a combination of both,as for the lighting well im sure some ideas will pop into my head :)

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  2. I am enjoying seeing this build Tony, from scratch, is quite thrilling. I'm realising that perhaps you might like to have input from us, as only having watching you from afar, and not participating. In response to your quandary about lighting, I was wondering whether during this time period, they pierced tin or some other metal as a safety method but allowed light into the room? In regards to your walls issue, I suppose it mostly dependent on how wealthy your inhabitants are, what are their occupations...if for example they are a thatcher...then daub the walls as Catherine mentioned above. But if a well do do family, they would like their wood paneling left alone...as most of the rich would want to SHOW off their splendour including wood paneling. Just a thought. Cheers.

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    1. Hi Jane many thanks for your comment and ideas, Part of me wants to leave the wood as it is and part wishes to lime wash it, as i mentioned to Catherine once i have fitted the nook bed im going to see how it all looks then,i have many lighting ideas in my head and more keep developing each day but your idea of using some type of metal is great after looking into this ive actually found that they did produce a small copper shade type thing to protect the naked flames,i much appreciate your input for this :)

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  3. Hello Tony,
    It looks wonderful. I would leave it dark. I have studied many books on British building and those that belong to that period were often quite dark. It adds a lot of atmosphere to the rooms. Keep up the amazing work.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac, Your input is much appreciated i agree completely with what you have said,i think i have now come up with an idea that will satisfy my urge for both looks :) Big Thanks ;)

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  4. Just loving it!
    Rooms in these old houses are dark now but were they when first built? Is it just a build up of smoke and grime over the years?
    I also love the sound of the nook bed. I always think these look so cosy.
    Shirley of Whimsy Woo Miniatures

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    1. Hi Shirley, indeed a lot of the timbers i have seen in real life are covered in a build up of smoke and grime,i would have imagined that when first built the timber would have appeared lighter i know when i cut new timber it has a lot lighter tone to it,Im delighted how the nook bed is looking and cant wait to do my next post on it and share some photos. Many thanks for your input ;)

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  5. Hi Tony! I love the dark old look of the wood, I think it would be a shame to cover it with white-wash! The dark old rooms are much more authentic, although at the time of building them the wood would have still been a paler color... we see the aged appearance and think it was always so! I don't think they whitened their walls much until about the time of the Reformation when they were covering over all the older religious themed murals.... at least that is my understanding! Your planked walls look beautifully aged just as they are!

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  6. Many thanks for your comment Betsy, i find it quite interesting about how internal decorative ideas and methods came about and also the materials they used I have recently been reading about how people would add natural dyes to washes and even pigs blood to achieve light pinks in order to be a little different i think the majority of the timber will be left natural :)

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  7. I like the idea of dark too and agree with you on the available range of lights in the small scale as well, especially for your time period. Even nice lighting in 12th scale can be a struggle.

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    1. Thank you Irene, 1:24th scale lights appear to be as rare as hens teeth to obtain in decent quality and as you said for this era of building virtually impossible.

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