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Day 91 – The Wormy Chestnut floor

This was not the first nor second floor we had selected but we are very happy with the final choice. There is no evidence of any worms but if you look carefully at the photos you will see some lovely squiggly, wiggly grain. The wood has been treated with a linseed oil based product. It left the hall smelling like a cricket bat before the new season. The CFC (Cordial Factory Crew) left everyone else working hard and took a mini-break in the Melbourne metropolis. It was great to come home and see the floor installed.

Senior apprentice strength training

With today being a public holiday (Queen’s Birthday) the apprentices took the opportunity to do some strength training. Hopefully this will assist them when it comes to moving all the bricks and timber from the demolition of the back part of the hall.


Apprentices to return to work… soon?

The summer months have seen a slow-down in progress at the Cordial Factory.  At the beginning of December the apprentices informed management of seasonal work commitments.  They would not be available until the end of February.  As such, all progress on the Cordial Factory has ceased (not unlike many episodes of Grand Design).  Despite the lack of progress over these past months it is encouraging to note that when the apprentices return to work they will bring with them new and improved skills.

Managing a heavily loaded wheelbarrow over steep terrain is a valuable skill – being able to ride in such a wheelbarrow just as challenging.

Being able to get around the work site quickly and safely is crucial.  And being able to stop!

Concentrating when handling powerful machinery is essential, demonstrated expertly by our senior apprentice.

‘Stop work’ action by young worker

The Cordial Factory has been rocked today with industrial action by one of its ‘apprentices’.  The youngest worker on the site has declared that conditions are unacceptable and no further work will be done until a new agreement is reached.  Management were left reeling this morning when they heard of the new demands – including two 30 minute ‘entertainment’ breaks (9:30am and 3:00pm).  The young worker, when questioned, denied that the breaks had anything to do with an ABC television show for pre-schoolers.

Industrial action over working conditions

Tools down, stop work!

Wet weekend – tools down

A very miserable weekend weather wise has provided an excuse to ‘down tools’ on exterior walls.  There was some progress made with the north interior wall, but criticism from the apprentices has hampered results a little.  Apparently the noise of a hammer on bolster disturbs their ‘train-ing’ – and obviously leads to disharmony and conflict, if the photo is anything to go by!

The moisture in the north wall is a great example of why we are toiling away at removing the cement render.  The bricks desperately need to breathe.  If you look closely between the bricks it almost looks like soil from a garden bed – probably could grow a few plants in the old mortar.

Disharmony amongst the apprentices


The Lifehouse Design team are visiting on Tuesday to share their ideas.  My co-worker and I are a bit like kids before Christmas, wondering what ‘Design Santa’ might have for us.

Caution: Heavy machinery at work

The senior apprentice worked hard this afternoon in sunny (but still chilly) conditions to clear the rubble for the next stage of work.