R e n o v a t i o n  J o u r n a l

 

Vineyard Watchtower | WeinTurm

(Scratchbuilding on basis Faller 170810 Dekorplatte Naturstein)

 

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2018: Prelude (Part 1) - Prelude (Part 2)

2019: Part 1 ~ Part 2

2020: Part 3Part 4 ~ Part 5 ~ Part 6 ~ Part 7

2021: Part 8a ~ Part 8b ~ Part 8c ~ Part 9 ~ Part 10 ~ Part 11 ~ Part 12 ~ Part 13 ~ Part 14 ~ Part 15

2022: Part 16 ~ Part 17 ~ Part 18 ~ Part 19 ~ Part 20 ~ Part 21 ~ Part 22 ~ Part 23 ~ Part 24 ~ Part 25 ~ Part 26 ~ Part 27 ~ Part 28

 

2023:

Chapter 29 ~ Fachwerkturm

Chapter 30 ~ Vineyard Watchtower

Chapter 31 ~ Animals in the Forest

 

 

 

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Chapter 30.1 ~ The idea

January, 2023

 

 

As long as I saw this flattened piece of rock above the wine cellar, I had planned to put a watchtower there.

Like anywhere in the world, most vineyards usually have something like a watchtower. It dates back to old testamentic times!

 

 

Although the city already has many different towers, it should not be overdone.

That is why I opted for a ruin tower, which barely rises above the wall at the front, but is completely built from the ground up at the back.

 

This building gave the impetus to a ruin... (somwehere in the Provence)

 

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Chapter 30.2 ~ Design and construction

Wednesday to Friday, January 18-20, 2023

 

 

As basic material I use the Faller Dekorplatte (170810). I recently ordered this from Faller.

 

 

 

 

 I gave the joints a little more depth and the stones a slightly rougher structure (hence the tooth brush),

while the smooth greyish back side still had to be completely provided with a stone profile. 

 

   

I wanted the watchtower to look out over both vineyards, hence the connection with the old city wall.

 

 

 

Of course, an interior cannot be missed, together with a staircase and door on the outside.

The construction of this ruined Watch Tower reminded me of the making of the ruins at the Cochemer Burg,

also a very satisfying project as described in Journal 3 (Chapter 23A):

 

 

But don't let me distract you from looking there now!

Let's continue here first.

 

 

There is no greater pleasure than working with real wood.

 

   

A meticulous job to cut out the door opening.

 

On the inside I wanted a wooden floor, which has now decayed through the ravages of time. The inner door connects exactly with the one on the outside. 

 

 

  

The extra staircase from Schoss Bran (Faller 13/7) fits most perfect.

 

 

Handicraft...

 

19.1.2023

 

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On Friday, January 20, I positioned the tower on the layout, besides installing the lighting of this module, connected to the 'Stift Cochem  Switchboard'. 

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On Saturday, I positioned the Vineyard Watchtower on the Cochemer Bahn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hesitated all day about giving the stairs a stone perimeter. The austerity attracted me.

Still, in retrospect it seemed too bare and too much like concrete. 

 

 

 

   

 

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Last Update:

Frits Osterthun 21.1.2023